Antigone Davis: December 15, 2016

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW 

FACEBOOK LAUNCHES PARENTS PORTAL TO HELP PARENTS OPEN THE LINE OF COMMUNICATION AS THEIR CHILDREN BEGIN TO EMBARK ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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Antigone Davis

Head of Global Safety at Facebook

Technology has changed the ways in which people connect, but for families, the basics of talking with children about safety remain the same. Working with expert partners from around the world, Facebook has pulled together some useful tips to make it easier to speak with your child about their online safety.

·         Let your child know that the same rules apply online as apply offline: Just as you might tell your child to look both ways before crossing the street or to wear a helmet while riding their bike, teach them to think before they share online and to use security and safety tools that are available.

·         Try to be a good role model: The adage that children will “do as you do, not as you say” is as true online as it is offline. If you set time restrictions on when your child can use social media or be online, follow the same rules yourself.

·         Engage early: Data suggest that parents should engage online with their children as soon as they are on social media. Consider friending them when they join Facebook, and have conversations with them often.

·         Identify and seize key moments: For example, when your child gets their first mobile phone, it’s a good time to set ground rules. When your child turns 13 years old and is old enough to join Facebook and other social media, it’s a good time to talk about safe sharing.

·         Ask your children to teach you. Children are more in touch with the newest apps and sites, and they can be an excellent resource. The conversation can also serve as an opportunity to talk about issues of safety, privacy and security.

In this satellite interview, Facebook’s Head of Global Safety, Antigone Davis will discuss why it is so important for parents to have an open line of communication with their children when it comes to social media. She’ll take viewers step by step through the tools and advice they can share with their children as they take their first steps in the digital world, along with suggestions for helping each generation learn from one other.

MORE ABOUT ANTIGONE DAVIS:
Antigone Davis is Head of Global Safety at Facebook, where she works with internal teams at Facebook and with external safety organizations and government bodies to ensure that Facebook remains a leader in online safety and that stakeholders understand the steps Facebook takes to promote safety online. Antigone also spearheads the efforts of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, a team of leading safety organizations from around the world who provide Facebook with cutting edge research and advice on best practices, as well as its Global Safety Network. Antigone serves on the International Advisory Board for WePROTECT as well as the boards of the National Cybersecurity Alliance, the Family Online Safety Institute, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Prior to joining Facebook, Antigone spent 10 years working for a State Attorney General. As Senior Advisor to the Attorney General, she helped establish the office’s first online privacy and safety unit, and led the National Association of Attorney General’s 2012-2013 presidential initiative “Privacy in the Digital Age.”

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