As a child, you learned many rules of life that may help you stay safe and out of harm’s way.
Staying away from strangers and not crossing a street without looking both ways helped you stay on top of everyday safety. But, in today’s computer driven times there are even more safety tips to remember and follow.
America’s consumer protection agency (the Federal Trade Commission) has released various social networking safety tips for today’s technologically advanced society.
With millions of individuals all over the world being able to find your information online via these social networking sites, it’s important to be proactive and stay safe when online.
Social networking safety is particularly important to consider since most social networking sites request personal information for profiles, allow users to blog, include instant messaging and more.
While they are easy methods to get in contact with and contact friends, some individuals on these sites are there not for making friends but to locate their next victims. Following basic social networking safety rules is a great way to keep your self safe while socializing online.
Social Networking Safety Tips To Follow
1) When thinking about enrolling with a social networking site, first think about what the site is intended to be used for. If you are a teen, there’s no reason you’d have to sign up at a single adult dating site and so forth.
2) Limit what personal information you choose to post when filling out your profile on social networking sites. Most sites offer you the option to limit who can see your information, so be certain to use this feature.
You can choose to only let your friends or family see your information or can even choose to limit certain areas of information much more strictly.
3) Never post your full name or other private information online like your social security number, address or phone number.
In addition, it is wrong to post the personal information of someone else online. While it may not seem as obvious, you should also refrain from posting information which might be helpful to locate you such as your school name, sports team name, clubs, workplace or hang out spot.
4) Remember that once you put something online, you can’t ever get rid of it. Sure, you can delete it but often older versions of it still exist online and can be found.
5) Choose a profile or screen name that doesn’t reveal anything about you. Do not use your name, age or city when developing one and make it so anonymous even your very best friend wouldn’t suspect it was you without you telling them.
6) If you wouldn’t feel great about your mother posting it within the family dining room, do not even think about posting a picture online.
7) Flirting with strangers online can be very dangerous, as you really never know who you’re chatting with. So, just avoid it altogether particularly if you’re under 18.
8) If you are permitted by your parents to meet someone offline, be sure you tell an adult exactly who they are and where you’ll be. Always plan to meet in the daylight, really public place.
9) Should you feel like something’s wrong or you feel uncomfortable, be sure to trust your instincts. Report any suspicious behavior to an adult or the police.