Social Media

App and game developers use similar persuasive technology techniques to those used by the gambling industry, to make apps irresistible, compulsive and hard to stop.

 

Teens love social media, but they need your continual guidance and input, as it affects their self-worth, confidence and general mental health. Parents should be aware of the real age rating of apps, and that most of the popular social media platforms like Instagram, SnapChat and TikTok, are real-age rated 16+.

 

Use parental control filters to help kids manage their social media time, as well as filter  unwanted interactions like – cyberbullying, sexting and grooming by strangers.

 

Settings for apps can be changed to protect the identity and location of your kids, to keep them safer, as well as turning off the auto-play function to help them control instead of being controlled by their devices.

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