March 2019 Digital Citizenship Message

March 2019 Digital Citizenship Message
Posted on 03/07/2019
Digital Citizenship Reminder: Properly Adjust Privacy Settings on Your Child’s Social Networking Sites

In a 2010 Youth Online Behavior Survey of 10-17 year olds, 46% of students said they had given out personal information to someone they didn’t know online.

Many social networking sites and chat rooms have adjustable privacy settings to restrict viewing access. Parents and guardians, talk with your child about the importance of these settings and your expectations of who should be allowed to view their profiles.

High privacy settings are suggested for children using chat rooms, including those chat environments within gaming devices. Most chat rooms allow users to control whether contacts can see their status, including if they're online or not. Some enable users to block messages from certain contacts on their list. Parent/guardians may find this feature useful for friends or non-relatives.

For each of these Internet tools, a screen name is needed to create an account. Encourage your child to think about the impression that screen names can make. A good screen name won't reveal much about how old they are, where they live or their gender. For privacy purposes, your child's screen names should not be the same as their email address.

You may want to limit your child's online "friends" to people they actually know.  Remind your kids that the number of friends they have online does not equate the number of real friends they actually have.

When you talk to your teen, set reasonable expectations. Anticipate how you will react if you find out that he/she has done something online that you haven't approved.

Get tips on how you can protect your kids' personal privacy online at Common Sense Media.
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