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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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Social Media - Kids - What To Do?

Hi Everyone,

My 11 year old keeps asking me for Facebook & Instagram accounts and I keep saying no because I'm afraid he'll post something that might harm his reputation - or worse. There is so much out there about adults posting content with very negative consequences, so as parents how can we be confident our children won't do the same?

Colleges and employers are increasingly using social media as a means of screening applicants so your child could make a social media blunder today that could haunt them forever (see links at the bottom).

Because of this growing problem, I'm reaching out to find parents interested in testing a social media protection solution we've created for Instagram (Facebook & Twitter will be added soon).

This is not a sales pitch and will never be one.

In fact, anyone who helps us test now will receive our solution at no charge until we officially launch (which will be 2-3 more months).

We are seeking parents with one or more children actively using Instagram.

Our solution doesn't require any software installation, and after a simple 3 minute setup, no more of your time will be necessary.

Also, we will never need any passwords.

I'd like to reiterate this is not a sales pitch and there are no hidden catches. Our need for volunteers is strictly so we can test our solution, and in return we are happy to provide social media protection for your child's Instagram account at no cost.

Please private message me if you are interested in participating and I'll send you instructions to get started.

Thanks,

Lisa
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P.S. Here are the links to social media horror stories children created, and how colleges/employers are screening applicants' social media profiles:

Students Suspended Over Facebook Posts:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/s...book-posts/517

Social Media Haunts Many College Athletes:
http://highschoolsports.oregonlive.c...to-haunt-them/

Employers Screen Applicants via Social Media
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1441289.html

Colleges Screen Applicants via Social Media
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201..._profiles.html
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How does this work?

Hi,

I am getting troubled with my kids' social media accounts. It's like me being torn between them in their teen years, because they feel I shouldn't be paying 'too much' attention to their daily activities anymore. I am most of the time away from home due to work, and it's difficult when time spent at home is always stressful to me and to my kids because of this.

I badly need this.

Hope to talk to you. I will email you my contact info.

Take care,
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I would like some information as well. have a 12 year old, and social media is becoming a major issue in our household. It's causing arguments because our son wants freedom and privacy, but I don't feel comfortable giving that over completely because he is just a kid and social media scares me! Hey other moms, what are you all doing to deal with this issue? The monitoring idea sounds like a good idea.
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Hi CathyM and melmor-If you go to www.RightOnSocial.com, you will see how to sign up for the social media protecting your kids service. It will allow your kids to have privacy, yet still be protected from the dangers kid can be in using social media since they are still kids and may not understand that one they put something out on social media, it can easily spread beyond their close knit world. Please feel free to private message me on any of the operational questions you may have about this service. Right now we are in beta test mode and looking for volunteers to try it free of charge.

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I feel blessed because my kids have shown good judgment on social media thus far.
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I am praying for you all, and especially your innocent children who are victims of this horrible scourge on societal values. God bless.
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Facebook has a age requirement of 13. So, your 11 yo should not have one. Period. Problem solved.

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But what about instagram? I have friends who let their kids go on their as young as 8 years old, and that's where all the problems begin!
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Not my 8 year old, just others I know that have itouches and go on that way. I have not allowed such a thing, but I am just saying that this social media can be scary. I am not quite sure young kids get it enough to know the ramifications it can actually have. My son has gotten cyberbullied, and he is only 11. And it happened last year! It was awful. I don't want that happening to my son, and I don't want him doing that to anyone else's child. Of course, we teach him not to and our rule is that anything written on social media should be able to be written on a chalk board in front of your class. But, not all parents explain this as much, and even if they do, not all kids listen!

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Hey Lisa,

Thank you for the prompt response! I got your email and have responded back. I took time to explain to my kids they need to be extra cautious with their social media accounts. I really like this idea. I highly recommend this to parents like me who need help with this kind of problem.

Talk soon,
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