With the increasing use of social networking sites such as Facebook amongst teens, it becomes important to safeguard your teens against others. Not only is your teen in danger of being convinced by a stranger to run away, but cyber bullying takes place online in these venues as well. To protect your teen from becoming a victim on Facebook, utilize the following tips:
Have your teen safeguard profile information such as location, school and availability and allow only known users to view the information.
Agree to lift the limits when your teen reaches a certain age. Also allow for the fact that teens will usually vent about parents and friends on Facebook as an outlet.
Be aware, however, that the appropriate security settings, namely privacy, must be activated in order to prevent unknown persons from being able to access your teen’s profile. Also be sure to educate your teen on the perils of meeting someone they do not know. While the news reports may be scary, share them with your children to instill a fear of what may happen if they ignore your warnings.
Keeping your teen’s safe is a major part of your responsibility as a parent. However, if your teen is an active social networking user on sites such as Facebook, it can be harder to protect them. Instead, teach your teen how to safeguard their information and only allow those who they know in person to view their profiles and become friends.
Set the appropriate privacy settings and also ask that your teen share their password if they are younger. Educating your teens on how to avoid becoming a victim is the most important step of all, as most teens are typically not aware of the consequences their actions may bring.
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