FAMILY SOCIAL MEDIA AGREEMENT THIS AGREEMENT PROVIDES A SET OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS, PRIVACY AND SAFETY OF BOTH CHILDREN AND PARENTS ONLINE. HOW TO USE AGREEMENT Ready to have a conversation with your child about the Internet, social media and cyber safety? That’s what this document was designed to do - make it easier to talk to your kids about using common sense on the Internet and then mutually agree on what is appropriate and not appropriate online behavior. Read and discuss the terms of this Agreement with your child. It’s okay if you don’t agree with all the points we’ve outlined. Concentrate on specific key points that you think might be relevant to you child based on their personality and interest. As you move through the Agreement, ask if they understand what it means and define any terms they do not know. Having access to the Internet and social media sites is a privilege, not a right. Common sense and safety is important. The consequences for violating this Agreement should be real. We recommend the entire family sign this document. Hang the Agreement in a place where your family can easily see it and be reminded of the expectations on a daily basis (i.e. office, bulletin board, refrigerator, computer screen, bedroom door, or where ever is most effective). PARENTS n I will help my child understand that the golden rule (do unto others) applies online as well as in real life. n If my child has questions or concerns about social media and the Internet, I will be available for my child, without judgement or consequence. n If my child feels threatened or scared by someone or something on the Internet, I will be available for my child, without judgement or consequence. n I cannot ignore the impact of the Internet and social media on my child’s life. Therefore, I will get to know the services and social media websites my child uses. If I don’t know how to use them, I will take the time to familiarize myself with them. n I will teach my child that social networking sites may not always be the best way to interact with people. n I promise to stress common sense and safety and teach my child when and how to use digital communication methods. n I will help everyone in our family understand that our social media usage affects others. n I will know my child’s “online friends” just as I try get to know his or her other friends. n I will spend time teaching my child to protect their social media accounts and data by having adequate virus, spyware and adware software. n I will work with my child to understand the issues around any online purchases. I will tell them what purchasing activity is permissible and what is not. n I will speak to my child often and openly about their online use and make it a part of our daily conversation. Fill in your own declarations here: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I have read and understand the above terms. ____________________________________________________Child Signature I will help my child follow this Agreement and will allow reasonable use of social media as long as these rules and other family rules are followed. _____________________________________________ Parent(s) Signature CHILDREN n I will disclose all online accounts to my parents or other responsible adult, including email accounts, social media accounts, and instant messaging accounts. I understand that social media use is a privilege and that I must be responsible when I am online. n I will tell my parents or other responsible adult immediately if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable. n I will not respond to any messages that are mean spirited. It is not my fault if I get a message that is inappropriate but if I do, I will tell my parents or responsible adult right away so that they can contact the proper people. n I will treat others the way that I wish to be treated when using social media. I will keep in mind that my technology use affects others. n I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or jeopardize our family’s privacy. I will also keep programs such as anti-virus, spyware and adware up-to-date to protect our information. n I understand that at-home computer use will be limited to __________ hours per day. n I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law. n I will not send, receive and/or download email, text, or images containing sexually explicit, pornographic, or offensive material. n I will not search for illegal, crude, rude, crass and inappropriate things. n I will not publish defamatory and/or knowingly false material about my schoolmates, friends and/or relatives on social networking sites, blogs, “wikis” or any online publishing format. n I will not reveal any confidential information in a personal online posting, upload or transmission. n I pledge to always adhere to our family’s rules. Fill in your own declarations here: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I have read and understand the above terms. ____________________________________________________Child Signature I will help my child follow this Agreement and will allow reasonable use of social media as long as these rules and other family rules are followed. _____________________________________________ Parent(s) Signature CONSEQUENCES I understand having the opportunity to engage in social media activities is a privilege, and if at any time, I violate this agreement my social networking usage will be surrendered to the extent of the violation. Any infraction of the above mentioned policies will be considered unacceptable behavior and will result in suspension from using any Internet social networking sites for a period of _____________________________________________________ (parent fill in time frame/date). For more information please contact TrueCare ABOUT TRUECARE at 1-877-368-6390 or TrueCare developed this best-of-breed service, in conjunction with parents as a way to visit them online at effectively monitor their child’s online social networking activity without invading their www.truecare.net. child’s privacy. TrueCare helps parents identify potential online dangers and keep an open dialog with their children about their online safety. For more information please contact TrueCare at 1-877-368-6390 or visit them online at www.truecare.com.