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Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media with Fox Salt Lake City

How do you keep your kids safe on social media? 🤳🚸

In 2022, this question gets harder and harder for us parents to answer. When kids return to school, it can be a stressful time for parents (not just because of carpooling and packing lunches).

I joined Fox 13 Salt Lake City to offer my top three tips for keeping our kids safe on social media.

Get a sneak peek below.

📱 Talk to your kids about the dangers of social media. From cyberbullying to catfishing, help your kids understand that there are predators online. It’s also important to let them know what’s appropriate and what’s inappropriate to post, and explain how what they share now can impact their future.

📱 Check your children’s social media settings. For kids under 18, that means not allowing follows or requests from anyone they don't know. And whether you’re a child or an adult, everyone should check their location settings. This can take some manual searching in the device’s settings, but be sure to turn “Precise Location” off. This prevents the app from tracking your exact location and coordinates, even when you aren’t using the app.

📱 Pay attention to your child’s behavior. Cyberbullying has become a pandemic of its own, as more and more kids have access to the internet at younger ages. Up to 21 percent of kids aged 10 to 18 report that they've been bullied online, but only 11 percent of kids have told a parent or trusted adult. If your child suddenly exhibits new behaviors like avoiding school or struggling with their grades, start a conversation with them. You can put all of the safety mechanisms in place, but it's still on us to make sure our kids are using social media safely.

Watch my full segment on Fox 13 here.

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