Online Safety for teenagers using Social Networking Sites

SUREN on August 06, 2009

Social networking, one of the most recent internet phenomena to meet people has broken barriers of age, culture, and language. It has become a huge success as it has allowed people to share their views about any subject that they care about. With the click of a button, anyone can find someone else with similar interests and make friends, even someone from across the globe. 

So, it comes as no surprise that social networking websites have become quite popular among teenagers. The attractive looking web pages make it easy for the kids to own an account and write about themselves. The websites also allow them to keep track of their friends and even get updates on what they are up to.

But, when using these sites, teenagers don’t realize that once they share information online, it becomes public and accessible to anyone in the world. So, it is very important that they know the risks involved in revealing personal information.

  • First, they should not lie about their age as most of the social networking sites require age limits to get a membership. This clearly means the website is not intended for their age group.
  • If they share any personal information like their home or school address or their phone numbers online, it will create an opportunity for a child-predator to seek them out.
  • They should not post any pictures of themselves that they don’t want the public to see or those that might embarrass them.

Finally, parents should ensure that they talk to their children about the safe use of internet. They should make kids understand that their parents are their closest confidante and should seek their help if they come across any suspicious online activity involving themselves or a newly-met online buddy.

 

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