Top Internet Safety Tips #8: Set Privacy Settings

Feb 26, 2016

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Creating weak passwords and sharing passwords leads to a majority of the issues on the Internet. Below are the top 3 tips associated with passwords that can keep you safe online. By following these guidelines, you can avoid a handful of troubles such as identity theft, cyberbullying, and more.

Children, tweens, and teens with social media accounts tend to over share details of their lives.  Although they intend to share only with friends and family, the content is not always secure and can be used maliciously by cyberbullies, thieves, stalkers, and more.

To avoid issues, ensure that your child has enabled privacy settings and that they are up-to-date.


Facebook is currently the most popular social media platform.  To secure your child's account, click on the lock icon in the upper right corner and Change the default settings under "who can see my stuff" to friends only.

This is a basic and quick way to set your child's profile to private, however, Facebook has many more advanced options available under the lock icon.


Although Facebook is the most popular social media platform, Instagram is most popular among teens. The privacy settings for Instagram are much more black and white- either you have a private account or you don't.

To set your Instagram account to private, go to your child's profile by tapping the user icon on the bottom right of the screen. Once opened, tap the settings icon in the upper right hand corner. Scroll down and toggle the "private account" to "on."

These are just a couple of examples of how to activate privacy settings. Make sure that your child has enabled them on all social media sites including other popular ones like Snapchat and Twitter.