Online Social Networks and Teen Safety

We have all heard stories of evil individuals trolling teen networks to be able to prey upon the young and na�ve. These stories as parents horrify us and we want to make sure nothing terrible happens to your kids or loved ones. It is very urgent to bring these issues to the forefront.
As one Harvard Group puts it, there are a variety of urban legends, misconceptions and common perceptions of social networks, predators and teens, but again, with that truth said, also there are issues with identity theft, phishing and other things online. For instance, a recently available story where teens on the blogs were all discussing a retreat trip sponsored partly by the institution and which families were going away, dates, times, everything – those houses were robbed, and it had not been by anyone connected in any way with the school itself.
Thus, personal information can be your friend and help make friendly social connections to fulfill your innate needs, but that personal information could 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 necessary for teens and anyone who plays around with internet sites online.
Of course, this education should be done in such a way that it dispels the myths of online networks and the way the predators and identity thieves use them in order to suck their prey in. Without legitimate education, based in reality, we will end up scaring people away from internet sites, when what we ought to be doing is getting them to have a little extra responsibility in what they post online and how they interact with people they do not know.

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