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Parents say to us, all the time, there is no way that I am letting my child online using her real name. Why on earth would I do that, parents say. Even if the group is private, people post things beyond the private group. So my kid will be using a fake name, that's that.
Here's why the police like this approach. Start by insisting your child uses 'Private' or 'My friends only' in all social media as their profile setting. No privacy setting, No social media. When a friend request comes.
You are going to approve friend requests
What could be better than a kid with 20 or 30 real friends on social media? FRIENDS, not followers, real friends don't bully each other so much. Real friends make up. Remember Facebook say that followers are at least five times more likely to bully somebody.
We know most kids and parents hate this approach, preferring popularity to safety. It will take a little effort to change things.
We explain why kids should use real name!
Social media accounts ought to be private, which needs to regularly checked and verified. When kids use real name and photos, they behave better online that's a fact. The Police and Facebook agree real names and photos make children posting on Snapchat and TokTok more cautious.
Real Name, Real Photos and Privacy (called 'My Friends only' in Snapchat) is a This creates a circle of trust where kids don't abuse each other because their accounts are real, not fake. It's called 'social media not 'bully' media, and it should be honest, real, not fake. Many parents disagree strongly here, saying to keep my kid safe, I want you to use a fake name to keep their kids safe. We disagree equally strongly.
If your kids misbehave online, the Police will be coming to talk too, not your kid.
Who said kids & teenagers phone is private. They are not.
Time for parents to do, as they always did. So lets take back control for the two best reasons in the world. Firstly mum knows best, and even better because I said so!
Many parents disagree strongly here, saying they want to keep their kid's safe, and will only allow their kids on social media if they use a fake name. Remember kids under 13 are not meant to be using social media. Kids should trust and not fear social media. Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram need to be a circle of trust, friendship, not a bush to hide behind disguising your identity to free you to be mean to others.
We think that kids ought to be encouraged in the classroom to follow this approach. It is not perfect, but it is what we have.
Your kids might say, trust me, mum, I know what I am doing. Well, you know even better, they are just doing the same as their friends. Real Name, Real Photo and Privacy setting switched to 'Private', 'My Friends Only'. Friends, not followers, that what we want. Challenge your kids to explain the difference between Friends and Followers.
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