Social Media Safety for Teens
Keep yourself safe online...all the time
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You Can Never Be Too Safe
Safety guidelines for teens
- When online, have an adult or relative in the room who you can turn to for advice. It could save you a lot of problems in the long run.
- Keep your profile limited and never make friends with anyone you don’t know.
- Keep photos G-rated. If you don’t want your grandmother or your boss to see it, don’t post it! If a friend posts a less-than-flattering photo, ask him to remove it, and never use your real name in photos.
- Do not give out personal information! No social security, phone number, address, birth date, job address, daily schedule, or blood type. NOTHING. Of course, we know that we all have to give out some information at some point. This information should be limited. A stalker can quickly put these pieces of information together and find you offline, if he wants to.
- Anything you say can and will be used against you — think of it as your online Miranda rights. Keep it light and positive. Use the Internet to circulate positive words and thoughts and nothing more. Anything you say should only make people think how wonderful, smart and great you are.
(from the article iTeens: Teaching teens Internet safety)