One of the most pervasive aspects of the computer age is the non-stop presence of Facebook in our kids' lives. Parents may take a bit longer to understand the ins and outs of this extremely popular social networking site, but our kids seem to move at the speed of light through cyberspace. Features and privacy policies are always changing, so how do you communicate to your kids the importance of restraint when sharing information with the world? Google your child's name, see what comes up and then have a talk. Our tips below can help.Read Full Story
If you have a tech-savvy tween in the house, then you've probably heard the question already: 'When can I have a Facebook account?'
Although your first instinct may be to say 'not yet' and hope they quickly forget about it, there are some very good reasons for giving it a little more thought. The last thing you want is to have your child ignore your decision and secretly open an account anyway. (It happens -- sometimes the peer pressure is just too much!)
When Pat Burns wants to catch up with her 15-year-old grandson, Dylan, she logs on to his MySpace page. Within seconds, she's browsing his profile, checking out new photos he's posted -- oh, and scanning comments his buddies left about video games and cute girls.Read Full Story
Should you be facebook friends with your teen? Your kids are all about Facebook, but have you ever thought about getting your own account? Have you ever wondered what happened to old friends from high school, old jobs, college, old apartments, or anywhere else? Log on, and find out what they're up to.Read Full Story
Your teens love their Facebook friends and their MySpace pages and whatever other social networks they've joined. And while once upon a time the fear was that someone would physically hurt them based on an online relationship, now there's a new threat: online identity theft. Is social networking safe?Read Full Story
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