For the majority of teens and tweens, networking online isn't just a game, it's a necessity. But parents worry their children don't fully grasp the ramifications of posting personal information online.
There are ways to protect your child. Cybersecurity expert Parry Aftab, who is also the executive director of WiredSafety.org, tells you the five things your child needs to know to keep safe on sites like MySpace and Facebook.
Find Your Teen's Profile
The first thing parents should do is find their child's profile, according to Aftab. Many kids have more than one online profile, so you have to find out how many your child has and where they are. You are entitled to know and the best way to find out is by asking your kids, she said.
You don't want a confrontation. You just want to make sure your kids are safe. Giving them a day to clean up their profile will allow them to cleanse it if they have information or pictures posted that tell too much about themselves, she said.
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