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5 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Join Social Media Sites

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Beware of Overshare


Anything that is posted on the Internet can be copied, altered, and shared without the author's knowledge or permission. This includes photos, written messages, and texts sent on smart phones.

Remind your child that once something goes on the Internet, it can stay there forever. Common Sense Media offers a good tip: if it's something you wouldn't want posted on the hallways at school, don't post it online or send it in a text. This includes anything involving drugs, alcohol, nudity, and sexting.

Also, talk to him about how his online behavior can affect him down the line. Colleges, and even some employers, often surf social media sites when researching candidates, so warn him against posting anything that could potentially be embarrassing or harmful. As we all know, kids can't always foresee the kinds of behaviors they'll regret down the line.

Next: Set the Privacy Settings Together

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