A Parent's Guide to Social Media

Sharing information and images via social media is a part of daily life for many kids and teens. Social media allows kids to communicate with one another, and to document and share what they are doing in real time. The networking power of social media means that today it is common for kids to be connected with people they have never met in person.

Whether it’s via text message or a smartphone app like Instagram or Snapchat, today’s children and youth are able to both receive and share personal information far beyond what was possible for their parents’ during childhood. For parents to protect and care for children in this new landscape, it’s important for parents to learn about the different technologies children are using to help keep them safe online.

Social media is always changing, with new apps appearing all the time. Because this document is only an introduction, and because information is included that will rapidly evolve, we have included links to other websites you might find helpful.

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