We hope this letter finds you and your family safe during these difficult times.
It is usually during this time of year that we discuss social media citizenship with our students. As such, we find it important to provide you with information as you monitor your child’s internet presence at home. While social media can be a great tool to keep our students connected during these isolating times, we must be vigilant of the online footprint left by our students. Below are some general suggestions to support your monitoring of your student’s account:
Educate yourself about social media platforms: It is important for you to be aware of the platforms your child is on, as well as what type of content is shared. Some common social media platforms include (but are not limited to): Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, and Snapchat.
Keep your child’s profile private: Having a private profile allows your child communication only with people who have been approved to see their content. This reduces the risk that they will receive messages from strangers. It may also be advantageous to look into privacy settings.
Review your child’s social media content: The content your child posts online now will leave a footprint that will follow them for years to come. It is crucial that you review the content they post online.
Set guidelines for social media use: Have open conversations with your child about social media and their internet footprint. Review how to stay safe online and work together to create expectations for his/her social media presence.
If you have any questions or concerns related to this topic, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.