As we all know by now, social media is a double edged sword for everyone, so how then do we begin to navigate its use for children? Like actors of all ages, social media for child actors can be instrumental for growing their fanbase and sharing their work. But Facebook and its contemporaries can also present a greater risk for youngsters if it isn’t approached with the utmost care. To ensure as such, here are tips from a social media expert, a manager, and a marketing guru for keeping kids safe online.
Digital bullying is still bullying.
“Cyberbullying can become an issue when kids at school become jealous of your child’s success. Remind your child actor that though other kids may be jealous, they shouldn’t respond with their own negative comments. Ignoring a bully’s negative comments on your child’s social media is the best way to deal with them. But don’t ignore messages containing physical threats—immediately screenshot and report them.” —Heidi Dean, social media expert and Backstage Expert
Parents must be hands-on.
“Let’s get the ugly one out of the way first. If your child is under 17, the parent should be in charge of posting content to these accounts. In a world of stalkers, bullies, and other unsavory characters, the parent should be the one who posts content, answers messages, and approves posts from visitors. Content should be age-appropriate. Your 14-year-old who has the body of a swimsuit model doesn’t need bikini pictures on Instagram.” —Jackie Reid, manager and Backstage Expert
The internet doesn’t belong to you.
“A well run Facebook page can be instrumental in building a fanbase and showing producers that your child has a following…[But] it’s important to know that once a picture is posted on Facebook, Facebook owns the rights to the photo.” —Harrison Cheung, marketing expert and Backstage Expert
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