Be #ShareAware With The NSPCC
The NSPCC are helping parents become 'Share Aware' by providing them with all the information they need to keep their children aged between 8 and 12 safe online.
For parents who are going through a divorce
, it's even more important to stick together for the safety of your child.
Sexual, Violent or Inappropriate Content
More and more children are signing up to social networking sites, despite most of them having an age limit. Parents may be aware of their child using these sites without their permission or underage, but find it hard to monitor what their child may be exposed to. If you're aware of a child using such sites, it's often difficult to control what content they see.
worked with more than 500 parents from Mumsnet to review 48 social networking sites
. Sexual, violent or inappropriate content was found on at least 3 quarters
of the sites, and more than 40%
of the parents surveyed found it difficult to find privacy, reporting, and safety information.
Children were also asked about their views on social networking and expressed that they believed the minimum sign up age limit on most sites should be raised, even though they had used these sites themselves when they were underage.
In a bid to put parents and children together in the driving seat, Share Aware's sister site Net Aware
allows parents to search for a social media platform and receive ratings on signing up, reporting, privacy settings, and safety advice provided by the websites.
It then asks what the 'right age' is for this site giving the opinion of the website, the NSPCC panel, children and parents followed by in depth ratings as to the content of a website.
Parents Working Together
Tools like this can be very useful for parents who may be separated
but still want to parent 'as a team' when it comes to sensitive issues such as online abuse or 'trolling'
During a divorce, children may start to feel isolated from their parents. Constant arguments and negative feelings may push them to go online to find solutions
to their problems. During this time especially, parents should endeavour to work together
. You may be distracted when it comes to keeping an eye on your child, but others who wish to do them harm or lead them astray may not be.
Both parents should be aware of the dangers of social networks and how to discuss them with their child. Taking the hostility and bitterness out of a split
to concentrate on the real issues at hand can help immensely with this. Join the Share Aware campaign by using the hashtag, #ShareAware on Twitter and Facebook to show your support. You can also go to the NSPCC website for more information on specific social media sites and how to bring the topic up with your children