What things should my child never share on social media?

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What things should my child never share on social media?

Asked on: 11/30/2016
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Plenty! Explain to your child what not to post, and why.

As your children begin spending more time on social media, start teaching them the things they should never reveal on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram ... no matter how tempting.

Even if they have exclusive "friends only" settings on their social accounts, remind them to avoid sharing the information below for privacy and safety reasons.

Absolutely never post:
• Personal IDs. -- social security numbers, credit card numbers and account passwords of any kind (email, social media, bank) in any messages. Also never share your full birth date and birth place. You can never be too careful...and child identity theft can be prevented.
• Home address. Tell your kids to avoid posting photos or videos of your home (or selfies with the house in the background), especially with street signs and house numbers in prominent view.
• Current location. Children should never post their current location; it announces to the world that they are not at home, not with parents -- they are out on their own and vulnerable.
• Specific vacation plans. Don't let others know when your house will be or is empty. Instead, encourage your kids to post photos and share stories after the vacation is over.

It’s also a very good idea to keep these things private:
Do not share medical history, problems with other people at home or school, improper and/or immodest photos or videos, and sensitive information about your family, family business, family plans, court cases, or sensitive information about other families, including videos and photos of other people’s kids. It’s always better to be conservative about these things, rather than over-sharing.

Source:
• Parents.com/
• Misc. other sites

Answered on: 12/07/2016