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| Students and Social Media -5 Tips on travel
By Safety Web
Apr 26, 2012, 15:50
This is the time of year when many teens take trips. But these fun little
vacations can mean extra worries for parents. Along with safety and travel
concerns, parents should pay extra attention to their teen's social networking profiles before, during and after that spring break vacation.
5 tips on social media and travel.
- Don't Over Share Details - Posting details of where and when they'll be
at any given time creates the risk of getting unwanted attention from
potential predators or strangers. Your teenager may want to share their fun
plans with friends and family, but the rest of the world doesn't need to
find out their every step from sites like Facebook Places or Foursquare.
Encourage them to adjust their privacy settings so they aren't revealing too
much personal information and locations.
- To Post or Not to Post - Have a discussion with your child about what's
appropriate and what they should probably avoid capturing on camera.
Remember to tell them that inappropriate photos or videos, once posted
online, can damage a reputation forever.
- Monitor Social Channels - Pay attention to your child's pages while they
are away. If you see potentially damaging or risqué photo or status updates,
try to contact them and address the issue right away. Embarrassing or
inappropriate postings or photos can cost them a job or affect their college
- Carry a Cell Phone - A cell phone on vacation is a must for teens. Make
sure he or she carries it at all times and has all emergency numbers loaded
and ready to go. If they are traveling internationally, make sure they know
beforehand how to dial out. You don't want them in an emergency situation
trying to figure out how to get help.
- Encourage Photo Sharing - Have your teen send you photos along the way!
They can text or email you a photo so you can follow along with their plans
as they go. This helps keep track of their activities and lets you enjoy the
fun break with them.
SafetyWeb monitors your child's online and mobile activity so you’re in the know without stepping on anyone’s toes. Know what sites they’re using, what they’re posting publicly, when they’re texting and with whom they connect, all without breaking the privacy barrier. www.safetyweb.com
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