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Why should I restrict my child's use of the Facebook Places application?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
By using global positioning system (GPS) technology, Facebook Places provides all Facebook users with the ability to let their friends know exactly where they are, on a real-time basis. Here's the problem: According to a survey conducted by AOL, 54 percent of teens surveyed said they don't know all of their friends that are connected to their social network.

Facebook automatically defaults the privacy settings on Places to "friends." That's where problems can arise. It means that all the friends of the friends of the direct friends that your child has added to their site get the same information. Fifty-four percent of children surveyed will likely be sharing their current location with people they don't personally know. What this means is if we don't educate our children, half of the teens out there will likely share their location with people they don't know.

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