Tips on how to Limit Social Media Time

The phenomenon of social media is escalating on a daily basis. Social media websites are flourishing, as the Internet is awash with the proliferation of connectivity. The scope of social media is vast, and young people need to have limits imposed upon them in regards to their usage of social media.

Social media has many advantageous qualities, but it also has some negative impacts on children. Issues such as cyber-bullying and sexual predators are such a growing concern that parents must set social media limits on their pre-teens. There are many simple techniques that can be employed that can help parents to monitor the digital world in which many young children dwell.

The first way to set social media limits on your child is to have access to their accounts. They must share their login and username with you so that you can monitor their activity safely. This should be non-negotiable. They should also have to ‘friend’ you on Facebook and similar notions on other social media websites. This can greatly help a parent to keep an active and watchful eye on their cyberspace inhabitant.

Another way that a parent can help to set social media limits on their pre-teens is to make a deal with them about the time spent on these sites. For example, if a child does thirty minutes of homework, studying, and chores, then it is fair that they can surf the Internet for thirty minutes. The main part is that the social media aspect comes after school work and household duties. This is also non-negotiable.

Parental controls can be put in place on the computer so that there is some limitation to what pre-teens even have access to while on the Internet. Parents have to keep a roving eye on their children because the Internet can be a very dangerous place. The computer should also be kept in the family room, where it can be seen by an adult. Parents must monitor the images and content that children are exposed to, or else run the risk of having them stripped prematurely of their youthful innocence and purity.

Parents should teach their children about the potentially harmful effects of the Internet, particularly social media sites. A quick perusal of the local news will let them find out about identity theft, credit card fraud, violence or suicide related to cyber-bullying, sexual luring, and a host of other deplorable actions. Children need to understand the ramifications of social media sites, and of giving away personal information. Many children are thankfully naive in some regards, but unfortunately they do need to be taught how to be careful.

The more concerned and informed parents are about their pre-teen’s social media usage, the more apt they are to be able to step in and help when trouble arises. Keep your children occupied with extracurricular activities and family fun, and maybe they will not feel as compelled to live in isolation on social media sites.