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Internet and Social Media Safety: Resources and Recommendations for Parents

Thanks to all who attended our Parent Presentation: “Cyber Safety for Children in Today’s Technological Era”. We hoped you enjoyed the presentation and learned valuable information you can use to keep your children safe online.


As part of the presentation, we shared our Social Media Usage Survey Results. We surveyed students in grades 3-8 and found that many of them use the social media sites and apps to interact with one another. Please see a summary of the results below.

Middle School: 132 Respondents

Texting:
90% of middle school students text with their friends.
Of this 90%, 52% use a smartphone and 71% use a texting app on a tablet or itouch.


Social Media/Apps Usage:

They were also asked how many times a day they use specific social media sites and/or apps using their own accounts. Students reported that they use the following sites at least once a day, if not more:


  • Instagram: 56%
  • Youtube: 47%
  • Snapchat: 35%
  • Kik Messanger: 25%
  • Vine: 22%
  • Tumblr: 11%
  • Ask.Fm: 8%
  • OoVoo: 8%
  • Google+: 7%
  • Facebook: 6%
  • Twitter: 5%
  • WhatsAp: 4%


Online Video Game Usage:
When asked about playing video games online, 26% reported that they will play with “anyone who wants to” (not just friends they know in real life)

Elementary School: 146 Respondents

Texting:

49% text using an itouch or tablet
10% text using a smartphone

Social Media Sites/App Usage:

Elementary school students were asked if they have their own account to use specific social media sites and/or apps. The students responded with the following:

  • Google+: 30%
  • Instagram: 25%
  • Vine: 12%
  • Snapchat: 10%
  • OoVoo: 10%
  • Kik Messanger: 9%
  • Facebook: 8%
  • Pinterest: 7%
  • Ask.fm: 5%
  • Twitter: 4%
  • Whats App: 3%

Online Video Game Usage:

When asked about playing video games online, 29% reported that they will play with “anyone who wants to” (not just friends they know in real life)

Resources and Recommendations

Given their usage of social media and the internet, we suggest that parents take the time to regularly speak with your children about this topic. The websites listed below will provide you with helpful information about specific social media sites and strategies for helping your children stay safe online.

Faith and Safety: Technology Safety Through the Eyes of Faith

Common Sense Media: Family Tip Sheets


Safe Kids


National Crime Prevention Council: Internet Safety