Kids are out of school, July is here, summer is in full swing! Parties are planned, activities and camps for the kids have been organized. Holidays with friends are underway, this is going to be the best summer yet! Bet you can’t wait to post all those awesome events and pictures on your social platforms…but wait!
Imagine, it’s a hot sunny day, the car is packed and after a long drive to the cottage, kids run out of the car and first thing they do is jump in the lake, what an awesome Instagram post that would make with caption “we arrived!” But hold on, what are you telling everyone? Your house is empty and you didn’t turn your location settings off before you posted that picture so everyone can see you are 3 hours away from home.
On the other hand, you’ve made the family decision that you are going to keep your holiday plans quiet until you return from home. Imagine you’ve headed off for a few days of fun with family friends. You arrive at the camp site first thing your friend does is check in on social media, posts a picture of you all sitting by the fire that night and tags you….so much for keeping your plans quiet. It is now out for all to see that you are camping at “#SociallySafe” campground with the #SociallySafe Family. How are you going to handle that….time to start the conversation.
Social media is still such a relatively new topic for many and new situations arise daily, it’s something we need to talk about. When you are traveling with friends, you need to have a social conversation. Do we want to share posts of our family holiday while we are away? How do we handle the situation if one family wants to and another does not? Do we check-in to our location, do we tag each other in photos? How secure are your privacy settings. These are conversations that we have to be willing to have. Not everyone wants all of their personal information online. Pictures are great, but some need to just be kept as memories not for the entire world to see.
What about the kids, do your children have social media accounts? Do you set family rules about holiday and activity postings? What about bathing suit posts? Is it okay to post those? What about location settings, do your children know how to turn off their location so they can take a picture without a map being embedded into the photo? Do they know how to turn it back on so that afterwards it can be on should they lose their device and you need to use one of the downloadable apps to find it….or them?
Social Media is a fantastic way to share with family and friends, but guidelines have to be set within the family and with friends. It’s a conversation that we need to start to have. This summer we encourage you to start the conversation.
By Kerry & Stacy www.sociallysafe.ca
Stacy Maynard & Kerry Hills are moms with successful social media businesses. We have a passion for helping children understand how to use social media safely. We have joined together to implement into classrooms and the community our Socially Safe, Socially Fun, Social Media programs.
We are Moms of kids between the ages of 8 to 15, so we understand the need to help our kids stay safe and create a positive digital footprint. Social Media is not going away and we are passionate about teaching our kids how to use it, have fun and stay Socially Safe.