What should I teach my teen about safely posting information on Facebook?

Shawn Edgington
If your teen isn't careful when using Facebook, he or she might risk identity theft or even physical assault if private information is shared with a bad person that they think is a "friend." Teenagers (or adults) should never post their full name, address, social security number, phone number, current vacation or location status, or any other information that could make their profile vulnerable to sexual predators, scammers, creepers, or identity thieves.

Teach your teens that publicizing where they are going to meet friends or details about their class schedule is like openly inviting a stranger to know their daily routines. Using Facebook Places should be completely off-limits to young teenagers.

Most importantly, everything that's posted online is very public and permanent. Remind your teens that, as a rule, they should never post something online that they wouldn't want their grandmother to read. The same rule applies to photos and videos.

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