Parents Should Look Beyond Facebook to Monitor Social Media

Posted at: 09/11/2013 10:28 PM
Updated at: 09/12/2013 7:11 AM
By: Tim Sherno

As awareness of bullying and cyberbullying increases, experts caution parents to look beyond well known apps and channels of social media when overseeing their children's online communications.

Rebecca Hartmann is a parent of two, and a teacher at Nativity of Mary School in Bloomington. She says if you think you're children have limited access to the Internet and cyberbullying, it's likely you're wrong, "If your kid has a smartphone, if your family has an iPad, your child is probably being exposed to it."

Ken Horst is Vice President of Digital Marketing for Globe University. He says kids quickly migrate away from better known social media channels, "I think that's a group of people that are shifting, shifting to stay ahead of the people who are trying to keep an eye on them."

Horst says it's important for parents to regularly check their children's social media devices, but it's more important to teach children to be safe on their own, "To me its important to teach my kids how to be responsible users of the Internet then try to force them into a tiny channel of the Internet that I feel is safe."

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