Online Social Networks and Teen Safety

We have all heard stories of evil individuals trolling teen social networking websites so that you can prey upon the young and na�ve. These stories as parents horrify us and you want to make sure nothing terrible happens to your kids or loved ones. It is extremely urgent to create these issues to the forefront.
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As one Harvard Group puts it, there are a number of urban legends, misconceptions and common perceptions of internet sites, predators and teens, but again, with that truth said, also you can find issues with identity theft, phishing along with other things online. For instance, a recent story where teens on the blogs were all discussing a retreat trip sponsored partly by the school and which families were going away, dates, times, everything – those houses were robbed, also it had not been by anyone connected in any way with the school itself.
Thus, personal information can be your friend and help to make friendly social connections to satisfy your innate needs, but that private information can be turned against you aswell, so, personal responsibility, common sense and just a little extra knowledge will go a long way. It is because of this that education is needed for teens and anyone who plays around with social networks online.
Of course, this education ought to be done so that it dispels the myths of online networks and the way the predators and identity thieves use them so that you can suck their prey in. Without legitimate education, based in reality, we will find yourself scaring people away from internet sites, when what we really should be doing is getting them to take a little extra responsibility in what they post online and how they connect to people they don’t know.