Social Networking

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What is Social Networking?

Social Networking enables users to create public profiles within that Web site and form relationships with other users of the same Web site who access their profile. Social networking sites can be used to describe community-based Web sites, online discussions forums, chatrooms and other social spaces online.

The most commonly used social networking site is Facebook. Although using social networking sites has its advantages, they do have dangers that, as a parent or carer we should be aware of, so please remember to think about your child’s safety and the type of information they may be sharing with the world.

If you would like instructions on how to set up your security settings on facebook please click the link below

How to set security



Parents' guide to the latest social media and IM (instant messaging) trends


It seems that almost every week there is a new app or website that kids are using to IM (instant message) each other and it can be hard to keep up. It’s important for parents to know how these work, and how old your child should be to use them, usually 13 or over, to help avoid cyberbullying and sexting.

It’s important to talk to your child about what is and is not appropriate to share online and the dangers of sexting, especially as with most of these apps they can send images or videos free of charge. Also ensure they know what to do if they receive bullying messages or images that are inappropriate, ie to tell you and block the user.

There are also some basic rules to talk to your child about such as not using your real name on your profile when it is available publicly, never adding your location to your messages or photos, and never accept a follower or friend who you don't actually know.

Family Lives provides guides,  information and advice for parents on the latest media and instant messaging apps.