Social Networks

by KidsSafe on August 27, 2012

Social Networking is the newest and most popular way of socialise in today’s modern world. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and, MySpace can help you find old friends or just connect in a different way with your current friends. Many of these sites require a minimum age to join but these requirements are not strongly abided by and as a result, social network sites are being used by a younger and younger audience. This is why; parents and teenagers using the websites need to learn how to protect their online presence.

Let’s take the most popular and well-known social network in the world, Facebook. Facebook currently has 850 million active users a month. It is hard to image but almost 1 billion people are using this site to upload photos, videos and/or just tell everybody how they are feeling. Online, Facebook accounts for 1 out of 5 sites that are viewed. Every single day, 250 million photos are uploaded by the users of Facebook. Users should be cautious when they set up their page as if the page isn’t set as private then anybody can see their page, photos and other information that the user may not want available to people that they don’t know, such as email address, phone numbers and even home addresses. You have to watch with what you say online too as often times it can be seen by people that you don’t want seeing it. This is why it is so important to set your privacy setting to a high privacy setting. If your children are using social networking sites then it is strongly advised that you monitor their page from time to time to make sure their page isn’t inappropriate and that they don’t have any confidential information up on it.

Just because you are online, it doesn’t mean you are safe. With social network sites, you often get the feeling that you are safe as you are virtually surrounded by friends but everyone must be safe online as, just like in the real world, there are people out there that will use your site to gather information on you. Be safe and use common sense as it is easy to get sucked into a false sense of security. You never know who is viewing your page, what you say and your pictures. Study each social networks safety guidelines and privacy setting to ensure that you are as protected as possible.

People use Social Networks for all sorts of different reasons; to network, promote, try out material, converse, vent. Never before have we had the technology at our fingertips to allow us to share our every passing thought with total strangers. But therein lies the problem: real life rules don’t always apply to online life and the lines get blurred. Why is it that the filter we use in every day life gets all but switched off when we connect to the Internet?

This is especially true when it comes Social Networks like: Facebook, Twitter and, MySpace.

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