Philips Sonicare
 
Home > Entertainment and Activities > Movies, TV, Internet > Internet Safety > What Is Your Teen Doing on Facebook?
|

What Is Your Teen Doing on Facebook?

Q: How much time does your child spend on the computer?

1 hour per week.

2-3 hours per week.

4-5 hours per week.

6 plus.

View Results


Fortunately, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 91% of kids and teens who have a profile on a site such as Facebook or MySpace use it only to keep in touch with friends they see in person. Very few teens are using social networking sites to meet new people. While these numbers seem encouraging, they may give your child a false sense of security, leading her to post personal information in her profile.

Although the danger of posting personal information on the Web may be obvious to adults, children tend to be naïve about the potential risks. According to i-safe.org, more than half of high school students surveyed have given out personal information to someone they have met only online. If privacy settings are not activated to restrict who can view your child's profile, the Internet connects your child to the whole world. Posting an address or cell phone number increases the risk of a host of dangerous situations. Your child may think he is supplying his phone number in his profile so his friends know how reach him offline, but he may also be supplying his phone number to online predators.

Consider this scenario: Your child receives a friend request from a user claiming to be a friend of a friend. Your child believes him and accepts the invite. This unknown user starts chatting with your child, pretending to be the same age. Your child starts communicating and trusting this new "friend." Perhaps she even begins to trust him so much she agrees to meet him in person, when all along this new "friend" is really a sexual predator twice her age. Although this scenario may seem extreme, it is all too common. According to i-safe.org, 20% of high school students and 19% of middle school students surveyed admitted to meeting face-to-face with someone they knew only from the Internet.



|


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
Celebrate the environment by reading some of these great children's books about Earth Day, recycling, planting trees, and all things green!

Prom Dress Trends for 2014
Check out 2014 prom dress trends inspired by celebrities’ red carpet looks, but with a price tag under $100!