USER'S MANUAL OF SOCIAL NETWORKS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTSThe use of social networks for children and adolescents involves well-known risks that we all want to avoid at all costs. How can it be managed so that minors can make good use of these new technologies? We tell you what can be done and what are the options with which you account in this regard.Probably your son / daughter knows how to handle a tablet or mobile phone better than yourself. It is not that the new generations have been born with better capacities for the use of social networks or to continue browsing the Internet, but that they spend more and more time in front of screens and from younger ages. The reason is that our day to day demands so much that we end up relegating entertainment and educational activities in the all-powerful internet, where we run the risk of children falling into social networks as soon as they know how to navigate by themselves.

How to manage the use of social networks in children and adolescentsFirst, we must take into account the amount of time that the child must spend in front of a tablet, mobile or computer. Experts recommend that this time does not exceed two hours a day, since it is proven that exceeding this period creates addiction.Secondly, we have to consider that when the minor begins to navigate by himself is when they can easily access social networks, where the content comes from other users and not from specific searches. It is at this point that we must pay more vigilance to avoid the appearance of unwanted content.

Some social networks allow the minimum age of 14 to access them. However, children between 10 and 12 years old who already have their own mobile phone run the risk of skipping this requirement easily. In fact, in Europe 12% of children between 9 and 10 years old already have a profile in some social network, reaching more than 75% between 13 and 14 years.Recently the company Lego has created the social network suitable for children under thirteen years called Lego Life. However, it is too common for boys and girls to want to copy themselves from their elders and be interested in what is not convenient for them.As the prohibitions on this subject are not recommended, take note of these fundamental tips for the use of social networks by minors:Referance:

Configure privacy so that the published content can only be seen by your contacts.Let your children know that the people they can meet on the Internet are not their friends, but people they distrust.Try to keep all the conversations that you keep in the chat, since they could be a reason for complaint.Disconnect the geolocation option for your safety.Let him know that any photo he posts on his social networks will not disappear from the network, losing control over its dissemination and duration.

Also, remember to bet on the dialogue so that your son / daughter knows what are the limits that he / she cannot overcome during the digital navigation or in the use of social networks. Not only do we have to offer enough confidence to talk about the issue, but we must also explain the reasons that lead us to worry about them. Example: the danger of talking or meeting a stranger on the Internet or cyberbullying.

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