Kids Internet Safety 101: Tips and Warnings

Published on February 15, 2012

Rumors are floating around town these days about online privacy and Facebook.  It sure doesn’t sit well with many people that personal information is shared among 845 million users and the rest of the world. How does that promote kids internet safety?

The issue of privacy and child safety on the internet are very real.  The following tips and warnings won’t make the internet a safe place for kids, but it’s a good idea to share these with your children.  Take a piece for yourself too.

Safety Tips

  • Remove any post that might be inappropriate. This could mean wall posts, images, or status updates. What you may have found funny Children on Facebook Kids Internet Safety 101: Tips and Warningslast night might not be as funny the next day.
  • If anyone is pestering you on Facebook Chat, it’s simple to make like a tree and leave the conversation. This can be done by clicking on the bottom right corner of the page and selecting the "Go Offline" button.
  • If someone is continuously harassing you, sending you rude messages that are mean, nasty, inappropriate, and make you uneasy, you can delete them from your friend’s list.  You may also go a step further and block them entirely – and it will be as if they don’t exist.
  • Never add a friend request or suggestion from anyone that you do not know, or by a known bully or rival. Remember some people can falsify an entire profile with information and phony pictures just to mess with you.
  • Don't display your full birth date, specifically the year.  This can help deter fraudulent activity and prevent identity theft.
  • If you see any inappropriate images or comments, then e-mail Facebook and report it at abuse@Facebook.com.  Since Facebook is self-regulated, this means users ultimately control the content.
  • If your child is on Facebook under the age of 13, it’s imperative to secure a top parental monitoring software so that you can keep an eye out and make sure your child has all the safety equipment they need.

Warnings

  • If a stranger talks to you, It’s best to not respond and immediately block them. Also, tell a parent or trusted adult if you are younger than 18, and ask them what to do.
  • Always report suspicious friend requests or phony friends to Facebook.  The site is self-regulated, so remember to keep your eyes and ears open to help combat inappropriate activity.
     

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