Keeping Kids Safe On Social Networking Sites

My mom came from the McCarthy communist hunt era.  She would always say,"don't write anything you wouldn't want everyone to read and don't sign anything without reading might be admitting you are a communist".  As a kid, I had no idea what she was talking about but those words stuck with me.  I am careful about what I write and I am careful with emails and the internet too.  Unfortunately our kids don't have the same concerns and they need help to stay safe on social networking sites.

Kids as young as 10 are now on Facebook or other sites where they sign up and communicate with their friends and strangers.  It's time to have the "safe network" talk...even before you have the "safe sex" talk. Here are a few tips to help:
  1. Only join sites where you can control the users or "friends" who view your information. Help kids with the security settings to control the restrictions and information.
  2. Keep information private.  Don't post your address, phone number, any private numbers like social security.  Even names of the school or where you hang out or work should be kept private.
  3. Pick a different screen name. Don't pick one with sexual innuendos.
  4. Post only information that you would want a teacher, employer, college recruiter, grandmother to see.  Even restricted sites are not guaranteed.
  5. One something is posted, it cannot be taken back.  "Delete" is not guaranteed and posts can be copied and reposted on other sites.  The internet is forever.
  6. If you post a photo, make sure it is one that is tasteful.  Photos can be altered but there isn't much you can do about that except not post a photo.
  7. Never flirt with strangers.  Period.
  8. Never meet someone in person that you don't know.  If you consider this rule you have broken rule number 7.
  9. If something seems wrong on line, trust your gut and tell an adult.  Cyber-bullying, scams, hoaxes are everywhere and should never be on social networking sites.
  10. Never click on ads or other appealing pop-ups.  This is a way to open up your computer to viruses and to let others get at your private information.
I think Social Networking is here to stay.  Kids never use the telephone or email any more.  They text their friends and chat on the computer to large groups of friends.  For more information check out
On Guard Online, or Get Net Wise, or  Wired Safety.  They provide good info for parents in keeping kids safe on social networking sites.


Kellie said…
This comment has been removed by the author.
Kellie said…
This is a GREAT post!! I'm going to send it to a friend with 3 daughters 8,10, and almost 13 as well as for their twin 10 year old boy cousins. Thanks for writing on this topic!!
A good post something really nice and good to came across.
DBenzil said…
And employers and colleges are now searching these sites to see what is really what-hard to get this critical point across to young adults...
great post
link wheel said…
I've to say, I dont know if its the clashing colors or the bad grammar, but this blog is hideous! I mean, I dont wish to sound like a know-it-all or anything, but might you will have probably put slightly bit extra effort into this subject. Its really interesting, but you dont characterize it well at all, man. Anyway, in my language, there are usually not a lot good supply like this.
linkwheel said…
Your weblog is fine. I just wish to comment on the design. Its too loud. Its doing way an excessive amount of and it takes away from what youve received to say --which I feel is basically important. I dont know if you happen to didnt suppose that your phrases could maintain everyones attention, however you had been wrong. Anyway, in my language, there aren't a lot good source like this.
sim so dep said…
Thank you for the sensible info. I was preparing to do some research about that. Even got a good magazine on that matter but the info was not as influensive as your post. I am very glad I found it. keep up the good work!
so dep said…
Utterly understand what your stance in this matter. Though I'd disagree on some of the finer details, I feel you probably did an awesome job explaining it. Sure beats having to analysis it on my own. Thanks. Anyway, in my language, there aren't a lot good supply like this.
so dep said…
Hey cool weblog, just wondering what anti-spam software you use for comments because i get lots on my blog. Anyway, in my language, there should not much good supply like this.
viagra pharmacy said…
great sit, keep it up the good work.
sim dep said…
Well, that is my very first visit on your weblog! We're a group of volunteers and beginning a brand new initiative in a group throughout the same niche. Your weblog supplied us useful info to work on. You've got carried out a marvellous job! Anyway, in my language, there will not be much good source like this.
sim số đẹp said…
Hello, I saw a three of your attention-grabbing posted posts and needed to ask in the event you would be interested in reciprocal pages? Crew have weblog about alexis texas ass! Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good supply like this.
Sim 10 so said…
Wonderful learn, I simply handed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he actually purchased me lunch because I discovered it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! Anyway, in my language, there should not much good source like this.

Popular posts from this blog

scintillating scotoma

What Medical Specialty Are You Suited For?

Black Spot Poison Ivy