With technology being so prevalent in our kids’ lives, it is important to take the extra step to keep them and their private information safe. These 3 simple setting changes will make a difference in limiting strangers’ access to your children’s information.
The following examples can be applied to other social media platforms (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) on your phone in addition to Snapchat, which is explained below.
Snapchat’s latest update includes something called Snap Maps. Snap Maps allow you to click on other people’s pictures and see exactly where they are on a map. You can even zoom in close enough to see the street address that they are located at. You can opt-out of Snap Maps by choosing “Ghost Mode.”
You turn off location services all together for Snapchat in your phone’s privacy settings and choose, “Never share.” Other apps on your phone, such as Facebook and Instagram, also can see your location. You can choose which apps to opt out of location sharing services in your phone’s privacy settings. The instructions below are for iPhone users. (Android)
2. Go to “Location” and choose “Never”
You can block explicit content from being searched on the internet through Google SafeSearch. Google’s website explains, “SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit images from your Google Search results. The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps you avoid most violent and adult content.”
On the iPhone, you can turn on restrictions that require a separate password to lock and unlock. These restrictions include but are not limited to controlling explicit content, disabling the ability to install or delete apps, and disabling screen recording on game apps. This may be useful if you have a safety app installed that you do not want deleted, or if you want to make sure that location services are never turned on. All of these settings are customizable, so you are able to choose which ones are most important to you.
Communication with your children is the key to trust. It is important for them to understand that steps like these are acts of prevention so that they don’t think it is a limitation, but rather a protection. Media can be used in positive ways, we just need to be making sure that our kids’ private information is protected.
Have you listened to the Slave Stealer Podcast? In this episode, Slave Stealer host Mark Mabry invites his 12-year-old son on the show to help him learn what trafficking is in an appropriate way for his age. Go to the blog post here.
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