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Keeping children safe on social networks.

I have three kids and find it very difficult to know what sites they are using. I tried to friend my teenage daughter on facebook and got laughed at! I don't want to be out of the loop when it comes to what my family is doing online but I don't want to be to overbearing and intrusive either? Any suggestions as to how I could approach this?
It might be a good idea to speak to some of the other parents of her friends to see if they have the same concerns and can help. Maybe someone who you know could friend her and let you know if she is getting in trouble. I know the Cybersmile site has a list of the different sites that young people are using with info that could help.
My mum always used to tell me that she respected my privacy but wanted me to know that I was safe and that sort of made sense to me. I always felt I could go to her if anything happened.
I think that keeping an open dialogue with your children about their online safety is a good way to go. You don't have to be intrusive, maybe ask them for advice on some stuff your not sure about and get into some games or something with your younger kids. :))
Hi Jazz great topic! I've said this before in another topic but it's relevant here too...the best way to keep your children safe online is to make sure they know that they can come to you and discuss anything with you without fear of reprimand. I've heard that the biggest problem is when kids and teens are suffering digital abuse but won't tell their parents because they're scared their parents will discipline them by taking away their computer or smartphone. In this situation the problem escalates without an adult involved. If you take anything away from this topic make it this advice!
Fantastic topic and really knowledgeable users too! It looks like you are all sharing the right advice but in case you want to have a look here is a link to our help centre which is actually one of the most comprehensive cyberbullying and digital abuse resources on the Internet so you should find what you need! www.cybersmile.org/advice-help. If you or anybody you know need some support just email [email protected] and you will be allocated a trained support advisor to help you navigate all your online woes. Thanks for the input guys : )