We have provided the following tips and even a thorough walk-through on what exactly the optimal safety settings would be to keep your child/teen safe. These tips and walk-through allow for a small of information to be shared, but not so little that the joy in being able to communicate on Facebook is negated for your child/teen. In fact, the issue of safety on Facebook is so important to us here at YoRehab that soon we will be publishing a second part to this YoSecurity Series. This series will be dedicated to your child’s/teen’s safety regarding our favorite application, YoVille. We wish for nothing more than for you to both keep your child/teen happy by allowing them to socialize with friends on Facebook, enable them to enjoy the many things it provides. We just want you to be able to accomplish this in the safest way possible.
YoRehab’s Tips on Keeping Your Kids Safe and Happy on Facebook:
The following tips are all things that will allow for optimal safe usage on Facebook. Soon Part II of “YoRehab’s Tips On Keeping Your Kids Safe and Happy on Facebook” will be published. This section will provide a complete tutorial on how to change your child/teen’s Facebook’s Account and Privacy Settings Tab. The following Tips focus on things to do to avoid as many problems as possible from arising through its usage. If you feel there’s anything that we have left out please feel free to comment and allow us to know your concerns. We will do our best to address any issues in the next portion of this special YoSecurity series.
- Limit the number of pictures that your child/teen posts. If your child wishes to share many different photos make sure that each album has the appropriate passwords and/or other security features needed to protect the identity of your child/teen and his/her friends/family.
- Limit the number of notes your child posts. An area of concern for notes that are posted in too high of a number can lead to indentifying markers that either give out markers to indentify you or your child, or worse allows a true predator to steal your child/teen’s identity.
- Make sure that your child/teen is only posting pictures that are age appropriate. Talk with your child/teen and explain that the photos he/she posts send a message. Encourage your child/teen to think about what message they are trying to convey in the pictures they share. Always remember, once something is posted online it’s there FOREVER!
- If possible, when posting a photo blur or morph all pictures posted of your child/teen before doing so. You don’t have to be a wiz with Photoshop in order to do this. There are many, more self explanatory and free programs you can use to perform these actions with ease (Example: Picasa Web). This ensures that a cyber stalker, bully, or predator isn’t able to use these pictures for less than honorable means.
- Before tagging your child/teen’s friend or family member in a photo that you first get the permission of the person featured in this photo. Just because you feel your privacy settings are sufficient, other parents may disagree with you, or may have forgotten to set their privacy settings to an adequate amount.