If social networking was designed to keep people informed about the comings and goings in one’s life, then it’s no surprise that just about everything is being shared. For instance, on Facebook, kids can follow their favorite pop stars to the next event, find out when their own school is planning a city-wide pep rally and even see images or videos shared about their friends’ under-aged drinking or getting into other types of trouble on pages. Yet, isn’t that what these sites are geared for? And just how much is too much to share? According to some studies, there are about 59,000,000 addresses easily available on Facebook and 194,350,000 Facebook users aren’t even aware of the privacy settings available on Facebook.
As the designers of EyeGuardian for Facebook, we are often asked for specific recommendations as to just how much a teen or tween should be sharing, and we always tend to state that if the information can be linked to a child’s identity and their profiles aren’t properly set to private, then it might not be a good idea to share the content. Also, the Internet is dangerous enough for adults so why are we surprised that children are sharing too much? Below, is a great infographic provided by Onlinemarketingdegree.net called “You Are Not Safe Online”. This particular infographic references some of the most common problems with the stickiness of the Internet in relation to our data. For parents, perhaps the most important takeaway is to be vigilant about what sites your children are on. If it is Facebook, keep privacy settings strict and be certain they aren’t changed.
Created by: Online Marketing Degree