With 1.6 million children running away from their homes each year, it’s crucial that parents understand the critical need to monitor their children’s social media use, keeping track of who they are talking to online, what they are sharing and when. For many parents, the main barrier to monitoring their children’s online life is not just how to start, but how to explain it. Talking to your kids about monitoring their online life is like any other “talk.” It varies widely based on their age and if/how you have spoken about it in the past. A conversation with a teenager that you are just starting to monitor is much different that a conversation with a 6-year-old who you have always checked up on.
For young children, it is about setting things up properly from the get-go.