Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide

Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide

“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?”

Remember that phrase from your own childhood? It’s still a valid question, but now, it comes with a twist: “Do you know where your kids are – and who they’re chatting with online?”

Social networking sites have morphed into a mainstream for teens and adults. These sites encourage and enable people to exchange information about themselves, share pictures and videos, and use blogs and private messaging to communicate with friends, others who share interests, and sometimes even the world-at-large. And that’s why it’s important to be aware of the possible pitfalls that come with networking online.

Click here for the full Federal Trade Commission (FTC) FACTS for Consumers on Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide report. Included in the report are ways to help kids socialize safely online, tips to protect pre-teens, what to do if there’s a problem, and several websites you can visit to learn more on networking.