Do you know how SnapChat can protect your teens' privacy or lead them into trouble?
Do you have pass codes to your children's digital accounts?
Have you thought about setting up a cell-phone contract with your kids?
I learned a lot from the newsletter. I'd never even heard of SnapChat, an app that lets people share photos that are erased in a few seconds. "Users can send time limited photos that might be embarrassing or just silly without a significant fear that it will find its way to other social media sites where it might live forever," according to an About.com column included in the Bailey newsletter. But that can tempt teens to send explicit photos, the article warns, and recipients can capture a screen shot that survives after the photo "self-destructs."
The newsletter includes a sample cell-phone contract, and this list of questions for parents to ponder:
1. Does my child's device have restrictions set with a second pass code that only I know?
2. Are my child's social media sites private or public?
3. Does my child have multiple social media accounts (some public and some hidden)?
4. Do I know all of my child's pass codes?
5. Do I limit the number of hours my child spends on a device or online daily?
6. Do I communicate with my child by phone or text more than in person?
7. Does my child communicate with others online through Xbox Live or other gaming ports?
8. Do you allow your child to load any apps (free or paid) or do you preview them first?
9. Do I have open access to my child's phone at any time?
10. What is "sexting" and does my child know about this activity?