Your thirteen year old approaches you, asking to get a Facebook page. You hesitate. With all of the news about cyberbullying, online predators, and other dangers for children on social media sites, you have reason to be concerned and your first reaction may be to say “No”. And for many parents and their teens, “No” may be the right answer.
However, if you decide that your teen is ready to begin using Social Network sites, we suggest you take some time to speak to them about the dangers and set specific rules on how you expect them to behave.
At TrueCare, we’re working on an agreement that helps parents and children articulate a set of guiding principles and rules that govern what kids can and cannot do online, with email and with social media. You can view the agreement here, www.truecare.com/aup.
While we think we have a good starting point for parents to engage their teens in a conversation about safety and social networks, we would like your input to help us improve the agreement.
Our goal is to create a tool that helps parents to set clear expectations for how they want their children to behave online.
We are just getting started with this agreement and would like your feedback. What do you think needs to be included or excluded? Would you ask your child to sign the agreement? Would you sign it? Do you think your child will agree to these terms?
Take a look, www.truecare.com/aup. Let us know what you like and don’t like. We welcome all comments.