Top Internet Safety Tips #6: Think Before Posting

Feb 08, 2016

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Social media profiles say a lot more about us than we may intend to share.  Teens often share enough information for hackers to figure out passwords or answers to password resets. According to a survey by LifeLock Inc., 75% of teens overshare personal information online. 63% of teens share the name of their school, and 23% share part of their home address.

Hackers aren’t the only ones looking at posts; predators, teachers, employers, and colleges all use social media to obtain information.  In fact, 82% of online sex crimes originate from social networking sites that predators use to learn about their victims.*

Help your child to understand that their friends aren’t the only ones on the Internet and that there are a variety of negative consequences if they are not careful.  Besides setting rules about what is and is not okay to share online, make sure they lock down their settings and take advantage of the privacy settings. Teach them to be conscious of when and where they reveal personal information.  Generally, it’s a good rule of thumb to never post information such as addresses, emails, or phone numbers. Once it’s on the Internet, it is permanently on there.  There is no erasing your digital footprint.

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