Supporting your Child with Social Media
Technology has so many benefits to learning, providing they are used appropriately. There is no doubt, the internet and social media has transformed the way in which we live our lives. Whilst it enables people to access information instantly, it can be a forum where conflict, abuse, and crimes can occur. Therefore, while it is not possible to ignore, it is essential we are informed about the dangers to combat associated risks.
It can be challenging as parents and carers to navigate the ever-changing digital landscape. â€‹It is difficult to stay on top of social media trends and manage the risks your child may face online. Regularly talking with our child about their social media use and profile will allow you to gain a better understanding of their usage without prying. Equally, it will give them a chance to discuss any concerns they might have. It is also important to acknowledge the impact social media might have on their mental well-being and help them to engage with content that they find encouraging and positive.
In this section, you will find links to useful websites and resources that suggest ways of supporting your child with their use of social media.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Their dedicated support guide provides tips and advice for families to talk to children about their social media use and internet presence.
NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, set up over 130 years ago. The NSPCC offers advice to the UK Government, and devolved governments to help shape policy, as well as making use of donations to support children and young people.
UK Safe Internet Centre The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) was established in 2011. It is a leading global partnership helping to make the internet a great and safe place for everyone. They provide support and services to children and young people, adults facing online harms, and professionals working with children.
Welsh Government has created a parents’ ‘app guide’ on Hwb, which outlines the most popular apps used by teenagers. The guide includes a detailed overview of the app, outlining the age rating and key terminology. They also highlight the risks each app poses to young people and give detailed instructions on how to enable parental controls and safety settings.