First, on all these sites people can look at your profile and gain a lot of information. When filling out account information, many questions are asked, such as phone number, city, state, and birthday. There are many people who use fake profiles. Second, there are cyber bullies out there who send cruel and hurtful messages. Third, content that children and teens post can affect the rest of their lives.There are ways to protect children and teens.
“The best form of Online Safety begins at home with you, the parent. We offer you the following tips to keep your child safe on the Internet. The best way to know what your child is doing online is to ask. Whether you ask other parents, an Internet-savvy friend, or your child about how they use the Internet asking the right questions will help you understand what your child is doing online so you can make sure they are making safe online choices.
Questions to ask your child:
- What sites do you visit?
- What do you do on those sites?
- Why do you go to that site?
- How much time do you spend on the site?
- Did you have to register?
- What information did they ask for?
- What information did you give?
Spend time surfing the Web with your child. This is a great way to learn about what types of interactions your child is having online, and with whom.”
“Private” profiles will help keep the information viewable to only “friends”. However, children and teens, will have to be cautious on who they “accept friend requests” from, otherwise it defeats the purpose of the enabled privacy settings.
How to Private Profiles