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10 step social media strategy

Ninomiya Law, PLLC focuses on social media law. We developed this 10 step social media strategy for social media users, children, and families. 


Keep in mind that all social media legal strategies must be scaled and customized to the particular size and needs of the client. This process can be extremely simple or highly involved. 


If you would like us to set one up for you, we have reasonable service plans for clients of all sizes.

  1. ​Familiarize yourself with your child’s social media use. Most parents have no idea what their children do on social media or which apps they frequent.
  2. Establish clear and nonnegotiable guidelines for social media use. Children must understand that social media is a privilege, not a right. It can and will be taken away at the first sign of abuse.
  3. Urge children to think about the consequences. Poor social media choices can get you kicked off a team or out of an organization, cost you an employment or educational opportunity, and humiliate your entire family. Warn children be suspicious whenever anyone pressures them to share personal information. This includes location, school, birthdates, and pictures. This is especially true of intimate photos. Predators roam social media looking for young and naïve victims. Ignore cyberbullies. Emotional retaliation usually invites more bullying and could turn a victim into a perpetrator.
  4. Remind children that they can't unsend an image or message. Once you hit send you have no control over where it goes or who sees it. It will not matter if you later delete it from your account. It still exists somewhere else. Help children gain perspective on social media virality. Anything and everything they post has the potential to be seen by everyone they know in an instant and remain on the Internet forever. Tell them not to post anything online that they would not want you and the rest of the world to see.
  5. Make children aware that they can be guilty just by possessing or forwarding something improper on social media. A naked picture of a minor friend is legally child pornography. This is a strict liability crime. It does not matter whether the possessor took or profited from the picture. Avoid gossip. Repeating it can lure you into a situation that you did not start but can be guilty of perpetuating.
  6. Require children to get parent permission before opening any new social media account or downloading an app. Parents must know all account usernames and passwords. Because they are not allowed to post anything they need to hide, they should not have a problem with this.
  7. Secure your child's social media accounts and smartphones with password protection. This will make it more difficult for an unauthorized person to access their personal information. Update to the latest operating system. New versions contain security fixes for recently discovered breaches.
  8. Disable geolocation on your child's smartphone. GPS can tag the exact location of your child when they post anything on social media.
  9. Befriend your children on social media. If they have an account on a website then so should you. Not only can you see what your children are doing, you can see what is being sent to them. If they know that you are watching they will think twice before doing something foolish.
  10. ​Open channels of communication about social media. Let your children know that they won’t be in trouble for bringing a suspicious situation to your attention. Seeking trusted advice can prevent you from making a costly and permanent mistake. Report all inappropriate social media activity with your child to the appropriate authority. This could be a school, police, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at cybertipline.com. 


Keep in mind that even the brightest children from the most protective families are still just children. They lack the maturity to make all the decisions their parents would like. Because children tend to discount much of what their parents tell them, it is helpful for these messages to be reinforced by another authority figure. School social media education programs are effective ways to reinforce what parents are teaching children about social media.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

All information on this website is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Ninomiya Law, PLLC and Kent Ninomiya only provide legal advice to clients when there is a valid engagement agreement signed by both attorney and clients. The principal office of Ninomiya Law, PLLC is located in Round Rock, Texas. Ninomiya Law, PLLC is responsible for the content of this website.