Social Networking

"Social networking" is the use of sites such as Facebook or Linkedin to join online communities and communicate with others. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 75% (maybe more) of teenagers have a profile on at least one of these sites. An informal survey of our county's 5th graders found that around half of them have one. Having a profile on one of these sites isn't necessarily dangerous, as long as care is taken to avoid some common mistakes...
  • Do not post private information (full name, address, phone number, school name, etc.) in your profile. For more info on this topic check out our Personal Info page.
  • Do not share your password with others (except your parents).
  • Don't use the length of your friends list as a status symbol, only "friend" people you really know.
Check out this video --Think Time: Teens and Social Networks 

And just a few more things for parents to keep in mind:

  • Many kids have more than one profile on a site - one that they share with their parents and one or more others that they don't tell their parents about.
  • There is nothing to stop a 12 year old from saying that he/she is 21 when registering for an account. The sites don't check.
  • There is nothing to stop a 45-year-old sex offender from saying that he/she is 15 when registering for an account. The sites don't check.
  • A lot of arguments that start online end up causing fights at school.
  • Check out this video below:

    Social Media Predators


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