How do I make my child’s Twitter safe?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

To make your child’s Twitter safe, it is important to adjust the privacy settings to control who can see their tweets. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure their safety on Twitter:

1. Open the Twitter app or website and log in to your child’s account.
2. Look for the menu icon, usually represented by three horizontal lines, at the top or bottom of the screen and tap on it.
3. From the menu that appears, select the “Settings and Privacy” option. This will take you to a new menu with various settings.
4. In the “Settings and Privacy” menu, locate and tap on “Privacy and safety.” This section contains options related to who can see your child’s tweets and interact with their account.
5. Under the “Privacy and safety” section, you’ll find an option called “Audience and tagging.” Tap on it to access the settings related to who can view your child’s tweets.
6. In the “Audience and tagging” settings, make sure the option for “Protect your tweets” is selected. This ensures that only followers and people your child approves can see their tweets. Enabling this setting adds an extra layer of privacy to your child’s account.
7. Additionally, you can also enable the “Tagging” option to control who can tag your child in photos and tweets. You can choose from options like “Anyone,” “Only people you follow,” or “No one.” Adjust this setting according to your preference and your child’s comfort level.
8. It’s also a good idea to review the other privacy settings available in this section, such as who can send your child direct messages or interact with their tweets. Customize these settings based on what you feel is appropriate for your child’s online safety.
9. Encourage your child to be cautious about accepting follower requests. Teach them to only approve requests from people they know and trust.
10. Regularly monitor your child’s Twitter activity and have open conversations about online safety and responsible social media usage.

By following these steps and regularly monitoring your child’s Twitter account, you can help create a safe online environment for them. Remember to have ongoing discussions about responsible social media use and ensure they understand the importance of privacy and online safety.