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Why should I teach my child to be careful when posting on Facebook?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
College admission counselors, coaches, teachers, school administrators, camp counselors, and prospective employers are all looking at Facebook to check references. As an employer myself, our human resources department checks all potential employees to see what their Facebook profile looks like. It's up to you to explain to your children that their status updates are not for their friends' eyes only.

Children are smart; they just don't always think things through as they should. They also know perception matters. They just don't know how much it matters until they find out they didn't get that job they were applying for because of an inappropriate comment, photo, or Facebook post. Whatever you do, when you start making recommendations about content posts, don't let them comfort you with "It's private, Mom!" Privacy settings on social networking sites are notorious for glitches. And, remember the "six degrees of separation"? It still applies -- more so than ever with Facebook. The list of "mutual friends" who can access your child's information is thousands of people long, even if they only have 150 friends.

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