Apparently, parents haven't gotten the word out enough to their children... or maybe parents just don't understand... or worse yet - maybe we haven't made this clear enough...
Parents talk to your kids about what they're posting online!
There are many reasons for this, but something like this is my primary concern...
- Go to "the Goog" (Google)
- Drop in this search paramter: "school schedule" site:myspace.com -video
The reason that things like class schedules, gathering locations, and other information is bad to the general public is that, as you already know, there are predators out there who are loving the fact that this information is easier to access than ever! Kids who post this information online think they're providing this to their friends, and generally have the "what harm can it possibly do?" attitude - but parents must change these habits through education and cooperative understanding.
I don't need to scare you into believing that children are abducted or attacked all the time based off of the information they post online, or even by the people they decide to meet in person (from online)... so here are some helpful things to keep in mind and go over with your online kid. Remember, safety is job #1.
Top 5 things you should never share online...
- Your full name, your parents, or your siblings names
- Specific home address, name of school
- Phone numbers, email address
- Specifics of your "routine" (for example, your daily route home, where you have soccer practice, etc)
- "Hangouts" or specific places where you will be
- Google your kids profiles, their Facebook & MySpace pages
- Explain to your children why sharing information is dangerous
- Explore your kids' social networks privacy settings, talk to your kids about using them