Responsible Use of Social Media
16 Jun 17 by Genevieve Whiteley
One of the biggest challenges for today’s teens is the responsible use of social media; never has a generation been so accessible to others and been able to telegraph all aspects of their lives so publically. While there are many advantages to this, conversely there are also pitfalls. Part of the role we play as adults is to teach them how to be online without ‘living out loud’ there. Protecting the information they share, making use of the (ever changing, thanks Mark Zuckerberg!) privacy settings, exhibiting empathy for others when commenting/posting online (remembering there is a person at the other end) and remembering that a world exists outside that doesn’t require wifi are key amongst these things.
The E-safety commissioner has a fantastic website created specifically for parents to help you navigate these sometimes tricky times.There is a multitude of resources on there, especially helpful is how to report offensive or illegal content as well as talking about how to stay safe.
Through our Student Wellbeing Programme, we will continue to have conversations with the boys about their time online. We always recommend that the boys are off all screens at least 30 minutes before they are heading to bed and that all devices are kept outside their bedrooms, charging in a different room, overnight to ensure a more peaceful sleep.
A good tool for negotiating screen time with your children is the app ‘OurPact’. OurPact is a parental control app and family locator that enables parents to manage their family’s screen time, locate family members using geolocation and teach time management through Internet and application blocking. It allows you to sit down together and agree on the way screen time is used, as well as providing other controls you may wish to use.