Messenger has published a handy decision tree graphic that guides users and parents to find the safety features they need.
Messenger recently published new guidance on making safer online decisions in the form of a handy decision tree infographic that helps users find the appropriate feature that allows them to take control of their unique situation.
The guide seeks to educate users on the options at their disposal when they engage in potentially unsafe conversations. It mainly targets parents inviting them to take the opportunity of the international day dedicated to internet safety to revisit their kids’ app settings and controls.
In a blog post, Erika Sóuter, Parenting Expert and Author now working closely with Messenger, explains that “Safer Internet Day reminds the world to reflect on our contributions for a better internet, and messaging apps play a key role. As a parent, I encourage my family to carefully consider the messages they send, set healthy boundaries, and ultimately have fun and positive experiences – while being safe.” She then goes on to share a few helpful tips to “keep respect and responsibility at the center of our messaging experience.”
She invites users to establish boundaries for the level of respect one expects to tolerate and time-limits to the use of the platform and to openly talk about such standards with any underage in the household.
She reminds parents to revisit app controls, and settings for themselves and any app kids use under their responsibility. Sóuter also makes readers rethink their ‘Sleep Mode’ settings to best establish healthy boundaries around the time we spend online.
To encourage kids to learn about best practices online, Messenger Kids puts at their disposal tools like Pledge Planets, which can help parents start these critical conversations in a fun and engaging way.
Users also need to control their inbox by reporting messages received that they think cross lines and go against Community Standards. And if blocking a contact sounds too harsh, Messenger now lets users restrict contacts by removing the conversations with the unwanted user from their Chats list and preventing the person bothering them from knowing their online status.