The Risks of Social Media and How to Keep Children Safe

Social media can be a great way for kids to stay connected with friends and family, but there are also risks involved.

Social media can be a great way for children to connect with friends, learn new things, and express themselves. However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks of social media for children, such as cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate content, and data privacy concerns.

Parents can help to keep their children safe on social media by talking to them about the risks, setting rules for social media use, and monitoring their children’s accounts. Here are some specific tips for parents:

  • Talk to your children about the risks of social media. Explain to them what cyberbullying is, how to stay safe online, and who to talk to if they see or experience something that makes them uncomfortable.
  • Set rules for social media use. Decide how much time your children can spend on social media each day, and what types of content they are allowed to view.
  • Monitor your children’s accounts. Check their accounts regularly to make sure they are using social media safely and responsibly.
  • Use parental controls. Many social media platforms offer parental controls that can help you restrict your children’s access to certain content.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your children safe on social media and help them to use it in a positive way.

Here are some additional resources for parents on child safety on social media:

  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: https://
  • The Cyberbullying Research Center:
  • The Family Online Safety Institute: