Staying Safe Online

As social media continues to explode online, so do the number of teenagers who participate – with Facebook and now Instagram topping the list in popularity. The statistics show more people – including more young people – are using both sites.

More than 1 billion people are on Facebook
More than 100 million people are using Instagram
More than 14 million Facebook users are between the ages of 13 and 17
More than 1 million teens and tweens are on Instagram according to Nielsen

This rise in popularity can mean safety concerns for parents and babysitters. That is why SeekingSitters has a special “Sitter Guide” that addresses the safety concerns and solutions. It is called “S.T.Y.L.E. - A Complete Guide for Babysitting Success” with a special section on social media. The goal is to educate parents and babysitters to help them protect children at home and online, specifically on social media websites such as Facebook and Instagram.

  • Online predators can use social media to find the exact location of potential victims through sites like Facebook and Instagram
  • When someone tags a photo or “checks-in” at a park or other location, a predator can track that and find a potential victim
  • Geotagging tells predators where you are or where you have been
  • Even though Instagram requires users to be 13 or older, there is no system in place to enforce that age requirement
  • While Instagram’s geotagging system can be disabled it can easily be turned back on by accident

SeekingSitters has a strict social media policy for all of its babysitters.

  • Never post pictures of children while babysitting
  • Do not “check-in" while on sitting events
  • Smart phones are for emergency calls only and communicating with parents or SeekingSitters management
  • Disable geotagging on any devices while on a sitting event
  • No surfing online while working a sitting event

At SeekingSitters, safety is our number one priority for our families and sitters. We require our sitters to follow strict social media guidelines that we implemented several years ago. As Social Media evolves, we continually update those guidelines. This guide allows us to share our knowledge with all families.

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