Police Departments in all states are urging kids not to post information themselves online for the whole world to know!
The Internet is the world’s biggest information exchange, without even knowing you could be exposing your information to complete strangers. While most teens do it for the sake of being popular, making friends or to become an online celebrity, others do it by accident.
Be untraceable online with these social media safety tips:
1. Think about how different sites work before deciding to join a site. Some sites will allow only a defined community of users to access posted content; others allow anyone and everyone to view postings.
2. Consider restricting access to your page to only people you know.
3. Don’t post your full name, Social Security number, address, phone number, or other people’s information, either.
4. Be cautious about posting information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, like your home address.
5. Make sure your screen name doesn’t say personal information about you.
6. Post only information that you are comfortable with others seeing — and knowing — about you. Many people can see your page, including your parents, your teachers, the police, the college you might want to apply to next year, or the job you might want to apply for in five years.
7. Remember that once you post information online, you can’t take it back.
8. Consider not posting your younger siblings photos.
9. Flirting with strangers online could have serious consequences. Because some people lie about who they really are, you never really know who you’re dealing with.
10. Be wary if a new online friend wants to meet you in person. Tell an adult about this request before you agree to meet them.
Trust your gut if you have suspicions. If you feel threatened by someone or uncomfortable because of something online, tell an adult you trust and report it to the police and the social networking site. You could end up preventing someone else from becoming a victim.
* Courtesy of the Federal Trade Comission