Every day, social networks receive millions of requests to create a new account. Undoubtedly, it is increasingly one of the main means by which young people and adults communicate today, becoming the favorite place of many, to learn about the news in the lives of family and friends. However, despite the many beautiful things that we can take advantage of in this virtual platform, privacy disappears if proper precautions are not taken.
Wait at the suggested age
Firstly, Social Networks it is very important to explain to our children that the policies, for example, of Facebook, admit only those over 13 years of age, for which we have to wait until we reach the indicated age, because if there is a prohibition, it is assumed that it is not recommended for ages less than the established.
Do not publish personal Social Networks information
It is advisable to verify that for more fields that ask us to fill in our profile as the place of origin, current residence, telephone, and school, it is advisable to keep this information secret. We can decide between not writing it or keeping it hidden before the eyes of strangers by configuring this option in configuration/privacy.
When we share something, a few words, photo or video right next to the “publish” button there are some gray letters that indicate that by default what we put there is public, so before publishing it is necessary to see which option is activated. Among all, we can choose to see our information only friends or people from any of our lists.
It is very easy, in the left column of Facebook we see a title called “Friends”, right next to it there is an option that says “more” we click there and we see an extended menu where we will see the word “lists”. We click again and it will send us to a page to manage our contacts in lists, that is, we can create one that is called “Secondary Friends” and add all those that match the title, now when we publish a photo of Something that has to do with the school we select that only those on that list can see it. We do the same with relatives, only acquaintances, co-workers, or friends of the Church. In this way, we will control the scope of the publications. Help your child create and use their own lists.
Only accept friend requests from people we know in real life
This is something very common among young people: for wanting to have more “friends”, followers or contacts than others, or to gain popularity, they accept requests from people they do not know or with whom they even have no contact in common, giving them automatic access to all the information. In consensus establish certain dates to clean the list of contacts, you can help with yours and ask for help with yours so that your child can feel that it is so important, that even you do it.
Avoid showing off
The photos or the states that we write many times are removed from reality because we remove the dark parts to show the world the best we have, which can give our contacts a wrong impression of our economic or emotional condition. There have been some cases where people are exhorted to believe they have great wealth since that seems to look on social networks. Once again it is to protect our security and good name. Talk with your child about the importance of taking care of the information we provide in photos and places we frequent. Discuss cases with other people who have gotten into trouble because of the photos they share on social networks. You can find several examples just by searching the Internet and establishing what you can or can not publish.