The top five social media rules for teens and tweens

The top five social media rules for teens and tweens

Social media undoubtedly offers positive effects for teens and tweens. Teens and tweens can further their academics with more research and better tools in schools provided by educators. It creates a sense of community for teens. It also can encourage creativity and innovation along with providing entertainment.

All of these positive effects happen when a teen or tween understands the importance of social media tips and rules to follow. But it can turn  into a negative one with a social media posting.

These are the tips for your teens and tweens to remember when it comes to using their smartphones and posting online.

1. Privacy settings on

This first step should be taken when a teen or tween gets on  social media sites. A study from the Pew Research Center and Berkman Center for Internet Society found teenagers extensively share personal information online of the following:  91 percent post photos of themselves, 71 percent post their school name, 53 percent post personal email addresses and 20 percent post their cell phone numbers!

This makes it easier for online predators to easily find your teen or tween online! Instead of hovering over them, simply asks them to turn on their privacy settings. This means making sure they are not easily searchable and all their accounts are private, with nothing about their home address, school, personal information and other security issues online.

2. Think before you post

The digital footprint all Omaha girls and boys publish is out there for forever. You might be mad at Sally for taking your boyfriend or girlfriend, but don’t let your friends on Facebook know. Furthermore, stay away from oversharing about yourself. Do you think your teen might be oversharing on social media? These are three questions to ask to see if they are:

- Are you constantly complaining about how long they are on that phone?

- Has their school work performance suffered due to hours on their phone?

- What is the first thing they do in the morning? Instantly check their phone?

With their constantly being information at the touch of their fingers, it might seem okay to share information about themselves. In this instant, less is more. Share your school achievements, sport achievements, positive life changes and other things.

3. Never post mean message or embarrassing photos

It’s important to never post an embarrassing or mean post or images online. These images can easily be shared thousands  with the right following and then this is all out of your control. Remember how you would feel if you saw an image or status about you, probably sad and upset.  

4. Turn off your location 

The moment your teen posts on social media with their location added, it can be tracked. For example, all someone has to do is search for a location accounts and posts show up.. It’s that easy.

The best thing to do is turn off your teen’s location. If you are going to need to know where your teen is at for sports and different school events, as a parent, you can download TeenSaffe on their phone. This gives you real time location.  This is how to learn how to turn off the privacy settings on iPhones and Androids.

5. Stop spending hours online 

Social media has been linked with the increase of teen and tween mental health issues. A research at Harvard University reported teens who spent a significant amount of time on social media experienced anxiety, poor self-esteem, insecurity issues and extreme sadness.

Keep your teens and tweens off their phones if possible. Make dinner electronics free, homework time electronic free (research for class is different), have family game nights, get the teens and tweens outside and more ideas. It’s important for parents to educate their teens and tweens on these five rules for social media usage. A simple tweet, status update or photo could change their life for forever.


Smart Girl Society, Inc., is an Omaha-based nonprofit working to educate and inspire smart,  confident girls, women and families. This is done through educational workshops, civil outreach programs and technology and social media research.  Interested in learning more? Check us out!