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Social Networking: the use of Facebook, Twitter and other internet based sites to communicate and interact with friends, family and other individuals. Lately many of the platforms have been used by both foreign and domestic individuals to influence political and social issues.
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1. Pictures, messages and posts that are inappropriate can damage your reputation. They can have an affect long after they are posted.
2. Tagging a picture can violate your friend's privacy.
3. Beware of what information your post and who you friend. Often those on the other end of your computer are not who they claim to be.
4. Limit your personal information. This information can be used by marketers and unscrupulous individuals to do you harm.
5. Privacy cannot be guaranteed. Anyone can cut, alter, paste and use pictures, data and information from your site.
6. Beware of those who: want you to keep a secret, ask for personal information, make you feel guilty, want you to buy something, ask you to go to inappropriate sites, ask you to post  inappropriate pictures or information, ask what you are wearing, try to bully you, claim to be you friend when you don't know them, ask you about your lifestyle and schedules.
7. Talk to your parents if you are asked for information and or money for gifts or a meetings.
8. Never under any circumstances give out any username or password.
9. If you feel you cannot handle the demands and use of social network sites just delete your account.
Advice for Parents/Teacher
1. Monitor the child's use of networking and the service they are using. Don't be afraid to ask them what they are saying, posting and friending.
2. Encourage the child to discuss with you if they feel someone is creating an atmosphere of anxiety or fear. Be the loving parent or teacher and stress that they are not in trouble and you are only interested in working with them to overcome their concerns.
3. You set the rules for use such as time, content, and location of the computer. Don't allow them to express emotions, use their full names or their friend's full names, school locations, address, age, sex, schedules and any other personal information that can be used by cyber predators.
4. Know your child's password and username, don't be afraid to monitor the pages. If you see anything inappropriate or dangerous discuss it with them and if necessary delete the page and contact the authorities.
6. Most social networks require an age limit. If you see the child using an inappropriate site, delete the site.
7. Teachers, if you see a child using social network ask them to stop using it during class. If they refuse follow the school policy about the use of tablets, smartphones and computers. Don't make it confrontational.
8. Stress that child never under any circumstances meet and communicate with someone they don't know.
9. Discuss Cyberbulling and let them know that you are the person they can come to if this is happening. Teachers and parents should be the first line of defense in this growing problem.
10. If your child refuses to abide by your rules. Don't be hesitant to delete their account and establish safeguards to prevent them from reestablishing an account.. Some internet-filtering tools  such as DansGuardian, K9, Windows Live Family Safety can be used but not replace your supervision.
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