How to use Social Media to Your Child's Advantage
While being a member of KidsCasting.com is the first, and the most important step in fulfilling your kid’s dreams, there is no doubt that social media presence can be a great asset. Whether your offspring is an aspiring actor, model, singer, or dancer, various social media platforms, if used correctly, can only help your child showcase his or her talents and get attention from casting professionals and studio heads. But there's also a dark side to social media. Below are some tips on how to use social media correctly:
1. Safety first!
Under no circumstances share personal information on social media, even if your following seems insignificant. There are a lot of fraudsters out there fishing for personal information that can be used to their advantage. Switch off your Geo tag, and never share the school or any other institution your child visits regularly. Same goes for your home address and other personal information like a phone number. Keep your child safe and protected at all times!
2. Don’t trust everyone online
People aren't always who they say they are, so don't share personal information. Always be careful and don’t disclose too much information to a total stranger. Only share what you would during normal circumstances in the real world.
3. Be in charge
If your child is under 15 years old, there's no doubt that the parent should be in charge of their social media accounts. Or at least oversee it for their own safety. While there are many positive aspects of the internet, unfortunately, it's also filled with unpleasant characters, as well as online “trolls”. Which leads us to our next tip.
4. Approve the comments
Most social media platforms let you approve the comments other users leave before they are posted under the picture/video. This will prevent any online bullies having a say. Remember, you can always block the person who made the comments. If someone threatens your or your child, save the evidence by taking screen shots. Then ask for help.
5. Keep it PG
Content should be age appropriate. A photo of your toddler during bath time can seem adorable to you, but inappropriate to other users (or even worse, can be seen by predators). Trust us, your child won’t be grateful for their embarrassing photos online, once they grow up. Think carefully about what you share, as once it's been sent, you can't control what happens to it.
6. Think of others
Social media is a reflection of one's self, so using it to show your child's true personality and talents is your best bet. This, however, does not apply to kids that are not your own. So, before posting that group photo of your child and their friends, ask their parents permission.
Overall, social media is just one part of promoting your child's talents, so keep it light and have fun sharing what's new!