Managing social media
Since the coronavirus shutdowns, our lives have been disrupted greatly and
usual routines have changed for most of us. Lots of people have found themselves scrolling more on social media than before.
Social media can be an enriching tool for our lives; a place for connections and communities. Social media can boost our mental health through its content and by facilitating connections that make us feel less alone. It can educate us, entertain us, and give users a platform to share their voices – where users can become changemakers.
But social media can also be a place where a small proportion of users use
it to discriminate, say negative things or even act in hateful ways. It can, in
some instances, threaten the personal security of its’ users. There are a few key aspects of social media which can negatively impact your mental health and wellbeing especially if you are already finding things difficult.
This booklet aims to highlight these issues and offer advice and guidance
on how to navigate social media and minimise the negative impact that it can have on your mental health and wellbeing.
This booklet has been written by Louisa Rose, a freelance social media expert and Parent Champion at the Anna Freud Centre who advocates around the impact of social media on mental health, and staff from the Centre. Click on the link below to access the booklet.
Online Safety – Sexual Abuse Online
The booklet provides information explaining what online harm is and ways you can effectively help and support your children.
Online Safety Letter
Safeguarding Information – TikTok
You may be aware that many children watch videos on TikTok, a social networking service. Currently there is a particularly unpleasant and real post which has gone viral. TikTok are dealing with this situation and the video will be cleared in the next few days, however, our advice to parents and carers is that you may want to temporarily prevent your child from using TikTok.
Please read the following letter for further advice:
Online Safety Tips
- Choose a strong password.
- Set your privacy to “friends only”.
- Don’t accept friend requests from strangers.
- Don’t voice chat to strangers.
- Don’t use real names in games with public chat.
- Never share your location or “Check-In”.
- Turn off GPS settings on your devices.
- Don’t post something you wouldn’t say to another person’s face.
- When gaming try and avoid real names.
- Never use real names with friends when in public chat.
- Only use microphone and headset chat with friends.
- Set any chat to “friends only”.
- Never accept Facebook friend requests from strangers to receive rewards for games you are playing.
- If an adult starts talking to you just unplug mic and carry on gaming.
- Report any concerns to the appropriate website or app.
Facebook Privacy Settings
Social Media Age Restrictions
- Smoothwall Cybersecurity Booklet
- UK Safer Internet Centre – Parent Conversation Starters
- Smoothwall – How to stay safe online
- Google Internet Legends
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