Mum’s Oldfashioned Rules for Newfashioned Media

If our tweens and teens abided by some of the simplest, time honoured rules it  might help to keep their social media world a nicer place and the social media user safer.


Seriously though, below are some of mother’s basic homespun wisdom that would keep most out of trouble most of the time if followed:

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all – perfect for status updates on Facebook, and texting by phone or on Kik

Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you – perfect for posting Pics on Facebook, and Instagram

There’s no such thing as a free lunch – perfect for not clicking on those annoying pop ups ‘You are our 1000,000,000 visitor click here for your prize’ or giving out bank details to scammers

Think before you act – perfect rule for not clicking ‘Like’ on every status, link, pic your mates put up on Facebook (as well as for most teenage actions!)

Silence is golden – a perfect for not commenting on every status, post, pic your friends put up on Tumblr, Instagram, FB and not replying instantly to text messages.

Don’t talk to strangers – a perfect rule for only ‘Friending’ people on Facebook you have met in real life and only allowing known friends to Follow you on Instagram, Keek, Tumblr and Twitter

Keep yourself to yourself – perfect for making sure all your privacy settings are in place

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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