Are you one of the 46% of parents who admit that their children know more about the internet and social media than they do?
If your answer to this question is yes, then I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a huge gap in knowledge, to me. I understand that can feel scary. Yet it doesn't have to be!
Take Back Control
I'm Marcia and I've run my own Social Media Consultancy for many years. More recently I've trained and worked extensively with Parents, Carers and Youth Outreach teams to help them feel more confident about discussing the subject of social media with children and young people, by improving their child protection and safeguarding skills and knowledge.
I've spoken to so many busy, overwhelmed parents who are already swamped with day-to-day issues.
This can leave you feeling that it is near-on impossible to have any control over what your children are doing online and on Facebook. That's why I've created this course, to put YOU back in the driving seat! I've researched and put together all the information you need to do just that, so you don't have to!
If you're a busy, overwhelmed Parent, this course will help you get past your worries about what your children are getting up to online and particularly on Facebook, and give you back the control you feel you should have.
Who is this course for?
Have you bought your child or teen a new computer, lap top or digital device for Christmas or their birthday? Then this course is for you!
But this course is not just for Parents; it's also for Carers, Guardians, Teachers, anyone who is responsible for safeguarding the children in their life.
The course is split into four modules, and for each one I will be working with you guiding you through each step and showing you exactly what action you need to take to protect your children whether they’re online or on Facebook.
At the end of each module I will be giving you a worksheet as a record of the steps you have taken to protect your child’s online activities. It is important to work through these as well as listening to the modules.
How will you benefit from this course?
In Module 1 – Start Smart I will show you how to set up Parental Controls on your home broadband / WiFi to help you protect your children from the things they shouldn’t see or do online. Many parents put this off because they think it's too difficult. It’s easy and I can show you how!
In Module 2 – Techie Smart I will show you how to set up your child's devices such as their smartphone, tablet and laptop before you give them to them, giving you the confidence that they are surfing safely. I will also show you how to control what apps your child can download, and show you how to prevent them from purchasing apps in the app stores.
In Module 3 – Active Smart I will show you how Facebook works, and what your children are doing on Facebook. I will also talk through what you need to know as a Parent about the risks to your child on Facebook, and how you can minimise those risks. I will then go on to show you how you can take a more active role in your child's activities, and how to monitor their Facebook activity at a distance. Finally, I will show you how to protect your child's experience on Facebook and Facebook Messenger by customising their privacy settings, blocking users, and much more.
Just as we prepare our children for life in the real world, we should prepare them for life in the online world. So, in Module 4 – Monitoring Smart I talk you through the importance of monitoring your child's Social Media activity, so you can quickly step in if there is an issue. I also give you guidance on how to start that conversation with your child and educate them on how to keep their most sensitive information safe on social media sites.
I'm so excited about getting you started with keeping your children safe on Facebook, so let's dive in!