How can I make sure my kid isn't sharing too much on Facebook or Instagram?

Take a two-pronged approach. First, probe a bit to find out if your kids might be at risk for oversharing. Reserve judgment until you've heard your kids out; a heavy-handed approach can lead to them shutting you out. Ask about what types of things they and their friends share. Make sure they're not feeling pressured to post things they're uncomfortable with. And discuss the risks of oversharing, which include damage to one's reputation and regrets about sharing personal information.

Second, check in about privacy settings. Kids don't always think through the consequences of their actions. That's when privacy settings really matter. Even if kids do think before they post, if their privacy settings aren't enabled (or aren't strict) they may be sharing more than they mean to.

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Teen, 15 years old written by Greasybacon

Many social media platforms allow you to set your account to private. This only allows your child friends to view their content. Also following their account and seeing what the post is a good way for your kid to make sure they are obeying you.
Teen, 14 years old written by Lolziekween

For instagram, have them set their account on private. A private instagram account means that if someone wants to follow you, you need to approve their request or hide their request. With a private account, the only thing someone who dosent follow you will see is your profile picture, username, and bio. On facebook or something similar, have the settings set to "only friends can view" your timeline. I would suggest friending your child on facebook and following them on instagram. Not to the point of over analyzing each photo and each post, commenting and liking on every post or picture, but checking in every now and then to see that everything is appropriate and how it should be.
Teen, 13 years old written by ZackthePotato

The best way to make sure that your child isn't posting too much is to follow them. If you turn on phone notifications, then you will be notified every time your child posts something.
Teen, 13 years old written by Selenator_Swiftie

Well, I think you should follow them, and if you see something inappropriate then ask them to delete it. ( ask him/ her/ they) nicely though. To me, inappropriate would be something like their phone number, adress, email, birth date, or full name. Other than that they should be safe.
Teen, 14 years old written by gerry farahm

I mean come on what is too much information the only thing that is really too much information is giving out your address
Parent of a 6 year old written by Kathy B.

checking daily and keeping a eye on them will keep them safe. Talk to your child about safty on the enter net.
Adult written by PeaceBeWithYou

As a mom of teenage girls, I think having a respectful discussion with one's children is a great start- but I also think it is OK to set expectations, such as 'No pictures in swimsuits' My daughters understand my reasoning, and have honored my request so far. They occasionally show me their accounts for fun, and I haven't seen anything inappropriate- but I also respectfully only look when they volunteer to share!
Parent of a 13 year old written by fleecy34

Check them Dailey or just not let them on facebook and other stuff like that as well as omegal