Social media for kids
How you as parents can adjust your kids' privacy settings on social media is information we at Rebel Cactus do like to share with you.
Each social media has different privacy settings that ensure your kids can do their thing undisturbed and safely. We have listed the most important settings for each medium:
The company is known to easily share personal information with third parties. To avoid this, it may be helpful to shield your profile; here's how to do it:
- Tap the 3 horizontal bars in the menu bar at the top.
- Go to "Privacy Shortcuts.
- Then go to "Who can see my content?" and "Who can see your future posts? Here you specify who can see your posts.
The same goes for Instagram. On this medium, you can set your account to private, which means not everyone can access your posts.
- In the bottom right corner of the Instagram app, click on the icon of a little doll.
- In the upper right corner, click on the 3 dots.
- Enable "Private Account" by swiping the bullet to the right.
The most growing social media channel among kids. If you want to make sure your child does not become TikTok- famous then I would keep the account to yourself as well. Also, sharing your name or phone number as a child is completely unnecessary. Therefore, it might be helpful to take a look at the following steps:
- Open TikTok and click on the Profile icon at the bottom right.
- Then click on the 3 dots at the top right.
- Scroll to the Privacy and Security section.
- Adjust settings here, block users or filter responses by keywords.
Snapchat can give the impression that you can send anything without any consequences. There are all these days handy tricks that allow you to take screenshots without your child being able to see them. In addition, anyone can see your snaps if you don't have proper settings set. Below is how you can tell:
- Open Snapchat and click the Snapchat icon at the top of the home screen.
- Click on the cogwheel at the top right.
- In settings, click 'Contact me'. Choose 'My friends' here.
- Click on 'View my story'. Choose 'My friends. You can also choose 'Custom', then specify a selection of friends who can see your Snapchat Story.
- Click on 'Show my location' and choose 'Only me (invisible mode).'
Once in a while, you hear some scam going around on WhatsApp with the reason of collecting all your data. I can imagine you might not feel very much like that. Fortunately, you can prevent this somewhat by thinking nicely of yourself. WhatsApp has a number of features related to your privacy, listed below:
- Open WhatsApp and click on the 3 dots on the top right.
- Click 'Settings', then 'Account' and then 'Privacy'.
- Click 'Last seen' and choose 'No one' if you do not want others to be able to see when you last looked at WhatsApp. You will then not be able to see that from others either.
- Click 'Profile picture' and choose 'Nobody' or 'My contacts' if you do not want strangers (for example, in a group you are added to) to be able to see your picture.
- Click 'Info and choose 'My contacts' or 'Nobody'. This prevents a complete stranger from finding your contact information and sending you a message.
- Click 'Live location' and turn it off. On the other hand, sometimes it can be convenient if your child (temporarily) shares his location with you. This way you can check if he has arrived at his destination.
Think of it and it is on YouTube. If you don't want your child to be able to see everything YouTube has to offer, then restricted mode might not be a crazy idea. In addition, there are other privacy settings that may be of interest:
- Sign in with your Google account
- Go to 'Settings' on the left side of the menu.
- At the bottom of the page, click on 'Restricted Mode' and choose 'On'.
Other YouTube account settings:
If your child wants their own YouTube account to post their own videos, pay attention to these settings:
- In your child's account, go to 'My Channel'.
- Go to 'Settings' and then 'Privacy'.
- Under 'Likes and subscriptions,' choose what others are allowed to see. By checking an item, choose 'Keep private.' No one will now see which channels you are subscribed to or which videos you have liked.
- Under 'Activity feed' you can specify which actions you do on your channel you want to share with others. These settings depend on the settings under 'Likes and subscriptions'.
In short, your child's privacy is in your own hands, and social media has become indispensable in today's society. More and more channels and functions are being added, it is becoming more and more extensive and therefore more interesting for your child. The same goes for the Rebel Cactus smartwatch with GPS. Our smart children's watches with call function grow with the child's age and via the parent app you can expand the children's watch with apps all the time.
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