So anyway, she has a FB account now and that certainly brings up some issues that we haven't really had to worry about before. No friending (friending--like that's even a word) anyone you don't know. Make your account private so no one who isn't your friend can look at it. Don't write anything that you wouldn't want the whole school to see. Don't post any pictures of yourself that you don't want your whole school to see. Friend your mom so I can keep track of what you are saying. Give me your password so I have access to your account. Don't ever plan to meet anyone in real life that you 'met' on the computer.
Did I forget anything? Kinda scary how almost anyone has access to your child via FB or the computer in general.
Then I kinda thought about the example I set for her regarding MY Facebook/internet use. Do I practice what I preach? Ummm... not so much.
I have plenty of 'friends' on FB that I've never met in real life. Through my blog, running, reading other blogs and Team Tough Chik, I have probably around 20 friends that I've never even met.
My account is certainly not private.
I do follow the advice of not posting pics or status updates that I wouldn't want everyone to see. Yay for me! +1
I have actually planned to meet and have met in real life some folks that I 'know' only via the internet. I've had the pleasure of meeting Jen of milesmusclesmommyhood, Jen of runningwiththegirls and Carrie of mainemomontherun. I thought nothing of it. And they are really awesome people! I'm so glad that I did meet them. And there are plenty others I would love to meet.
How safe is that exactly? Do you ever think about how someone may possibly be misrepresenting themselves online in order to take advantage of you? I don't. I never think like that. I almost always assume that everyone is being as honest and real as I am. And living in Maine, the crime rate is pretty dang low so I really never think about my safety. Kinda scary, if you think about it. Not exactly the message I want to convey to my daughter.
But on the other hand, if I were paranoid and worried that everyone was out to get me, then I would miss out on meeting some really cool people.
Where do you draw the line? I guess for kids, the caution line is set really high. Children are so easily taken advantage of and/or manipulated. The line for my teen is me being a social media nazi. Until she's old enough to make mature decisions regarding that, there is zero tolerance for any variations of the above rules.
This is really a new problem for parents. like me! Internet, like we know it, has not been around that long and FB is relatively new. I would be really interested to hear how other parents are protecting the privacy of their children (or not) and how to go about keeping them safe online but also not creating a paranoid kid.
How do you keep your kid safe while online?
Are you paranoid about internet predators?