Is Your Teenager on Facebook?

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Is Your Teenager on Facebook?

Every teen knows what Facebook is, and if your teenager does not have a Facebook account already, they have very likely talked about it. Is your teenager on Facebook? The number of teens using the site increased in 2012 to 94 percent.

There have always been rites of passage for teens, and while some of the rites remain the same, new ones also appear with each generation. As parents, we have to adjust to these new things, and make sure our children are as prepared as possible.

In the article from the New York Times, they give some good first steps to sitting down with your teenager and having that discussion before they log-in for the first time as well as how to navigate the ever-changing privacy settings. One of those most important steps is to explain to your teen is that anything they choose to post including private messages, comments they leave on their friend’s pictures, status updates and photos can potentially be used against them on the Internet.  A screenshot of any and all of those items can be shared with everyone in their school, their neighborhood and beyond. Caution them to always be aware that nothing is really private. Help your teen also understand anything they post can be easily be taken out of context or misinterpreted.

A teenager on Facebook can be a scary thought for many parents. A key piece of advice from Owens Investigations; insist on being your teen’s friend on Facebook and monitor what is being posted on their account. They may not be thrilled about it, but it is one of the best ways for you to keep an eye on what’s happening with them online.

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Keith is the owner and founder of Owens Investigations.

 

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