(Here is Part 2 of our series on : 3 Facebook ?Dangers? for Our Kids & How To Fix It! For those who missed Part 1 ? please see link below – Editor)
Many parents don’t get the reality of social networks. And this is especially true with Facebook. For one, parents have the illusion that they can prevent their kids from using Facebook, just because they said so. Unless you chain them to their beds or decide to live in a mountain cabin with no electricity, your children will find a way.
Another mistake parents commit is in believing that their children can log on and go into the world of Facebook without any supervision.
Letting your child roam free on social networks is pretty much like sending your teenager (or even younger child) to the liquor store driving your prized convertible. You just don’t do it.
And why is that?
Two words. Strangers. Stalkers.
With all the safeguards of Facebook and other social networks, your children are just a mouse click away from some strange stalker, or a stalking stranger (pick your choice).
A poll conducted by Internet security company McAfee revealed that in the United Sates, 1 out every 4 teenage females admitted to chatting with complete strangers online, and 12% of those girls actually met with these strangers after speaking to them online.
Experts agree that even if the number of predators who lurk online is minuscule compared to the actual Facebook population of 1.3 billion, no parent would want their kid to be a victim of that infinitesimal criminal percentage.
What to do? – Be watchful of who your child’s contacts are and who are their ?new? friends. Be curious about any adult your teen or tween may be communicating with and do not hesitate to inquire with them who these persons are. Be mindful also of the account profiles of these persons and see if they may seem a bit strange and ?off?.
Remind your kids not to reveal any personal information about themselves and any family member, especially their names, home address and where they go to school.
Check the privacy settings of your child’s account to make sure that only their friends and contacts see their pictures and posts.
Most importantly, remind your child not to communicate with strangers and to call you if someone they don’t know decides to send them a direct or chat message.
Watch out for Part 3 of our series on : 3 Facebook ?Dangers? for Our Kids & How To Fix It!
For those who missed it, here is the previous segment of 3 Facebook ?Dangers? for Our Kids & How To Fix It!
Part 1: Cyber-Bullying : https://www.thebitbag.com/2014/01/08/cyberbullying-part-1-3-facebook-dangers-kids-fix/
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