By Savvy Cyber Kids May 5, 2020
People spend time catching up on social media and finding out what’s happening in the world more than any other method of communication.
The social media apps we use are each tracking our private information and selling our data including habits, likes, actions, and location. Because of how these apps work, it is important we conduct a privacy checkup of our accounts regularly.
If you’re a parent, your children will follow your example, which is why mastering social media privacy checkups will make it easier for you to ensure your kids are safe and protected on their favorite apps too. We’re going to look at privacy check-ups for some of the most commonly used social media apps today:
A privacy checkup lets you review, verify, and edit who or what can view, share, or download your content on a social media site.
A Facebook privacy checkup will help you go over who can see what you share, how to update who can see your future and past posts, and review who you’ve blocked. It will also help you update your password if you want it to be stronger, turn on alerts to help let you know if someone is trying to log into your account, and finally, manage your data sharing settings with other companies on Facebook.
Facebook is also the owner of Instagram, the second most widely used app in the world today. Instagram enables you to set profiles to private if you do not want content shared with the general public. To check your Instagram privacy settings:
To check your Snapchat privacy settings:
You can edit who can contact you directly, who can send notifications, who can view your story, who can see your location, and if you can be suggested to people you don’t know but have a mutual connection with.
TikTok is one of the most popular apps for kids today and plenty of adults have joined the TikTok party.
Make sure your children use private accounts that share only with friends and family. Show your kids how easy and important a privacy and safety checkup can be and they’ll start doing it for themselves. Walk through other apps you use to conduct a privacy checkup with your kids. You may (or may not!) be surprised at how much of your information is being shared with the world.
Take the time to engage in a social media privacy checkup today — you probably need it!
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