Everyone knows that Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with old friends and classmates. The problem is that once you have children, your standards on what you allow on your Facebook page go up. People who don’t have kids or maybe have different moral values than you do might not have a problem with immoral things being posted on their timelines. Another thing to consider is what your kiddos are looking at daily on their personal Facebook page. Here are a few quick tips on how to make sure Facebook remains family friendly.
1) Check your own page- You might remember your friends from high school being kind, good, sweet people with warm and fuzzy memories that follow. However, as time goes on, and people change, words might come out of them that might shock you. Not only that, but they may have political views or moral standards that are not in agreement with your thinking and they may be very vocal about them. It may be time to delete old friends or maybe simply block them. You can always contact them before you do the deed and make them aware that you have certain standards for your timeline, due to the fact that little eyes are watching. If they don’t understand, you don’t need them there anyway.
2) Check your child’s timeline- There is no such thing as snooping when you are checking out a public page. Your child’s page is in the public eye, so if you feel guilty for looking at it, you shouldn’t. Besides, as long as they are in your home, it is your job as a parent to make sure that they are safe. You never know what kind of predators might contact them. It is also a great way to find out who their friends are and what kind of people he or she prefers to associate with. So, grab your mouse and click away. Find out who means what to your kiddos.
3) Check out your child’s friends- If you notice that there is someone who posts quite a bit on your child’s timeline, check them out. Most Facebook pages are pretty easy to scout. Take a look at who they are, what they post, and who they associate with. It may be a little time consuming, but well worth your while. Knowledge is power. The more you know, the better off you will be.
Although Facebook is a great way to stay in touch, there are still many things to consider. Make sure your page is clean and watch your child’s page to make sure he or she isn’t involved in anything that you wouldn’t approve of. Facebook is not a private place, so keep in mind that there’s a reason they call it social media. Listen, watch, and be aware. Although your children may resent your encroachment on their daily dealings, when they are older and have their own kiddos, they will certainly understand. In today’s world, you can never be too careful.