Online Social Networks and Teen Safety

We have all heard stories of evil individuals trolling teen social networking websites so as to prey upon the young and na�ve. These stories as parents horrify us and you want to make certain nothing terrible happens to our kids or loved ones. It is very 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 social networks, predators and teens, but then again, with that truth said, also there are problems with identity theft, phishing along with other things online. For instance, a recently available story where teens on the blogs were all discussing a retreat trip sponsored in part by the school and which families were going away, dates, times, everything – those houses were robbed, also it was not by anyone connected at all with the school itself.
Thus, personal information can be your friend and help make friendly social connections to fulfill your innate needs, but that private information could be turned against you aswell, so, personal responsibility, good sense and a little extra knowledge will go quite a distance. It is that is why that education is necessary for teens and anyone who plays around with social networks online.
Of course, this education ought to be done in such a way that it dispels the myths of online networks and the way the predators and identity thieves use them as a way to suck their prey in. Without legitimate education, located in reality, we will end up scaring people away from social networks, when what we ought to be doing gets them to have a little extra responsibility in what they post online and how they connect to people they do not know.