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 we want to make certain nothing terrible happens to our kids or loved ones. It is extremely urgent to bring these issues to the forefront.
As you Harvard Group puts it, there are a variety of urban legends, misconceptions and common perceptions of social networks, predators and teens, but then again, with that truth said, also you can find 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, and it had not been by anyone connected at all with the school itself.
Thus, personal information will probably be your friend and help make friendly social connections to fulfill your innate needs, but that private information can be turned against you aswell, so, personal responsibility, good sense and just a little extra knowledge will go quite a distance. 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 utilize them so as to suck their prey in. Without legitimate education, located in reality, we will end up scaring people away from social networks, when what we really should be doing is getting them to have a little extra responsibility in what they post online and how they interact with people they don’t know.