Provided by Mrs. Kimberly Jones
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has provided Social Networking awareness tips for teens. The tips were developed by the YALSA Teen Tech Week Committee.
Use Privacy Settings
A no-brainer. Keep the weirdos out of your profiles and photos. Don't make yourself an easy target for bullying.
Think Before You Post
Imagine a teacher, family member, employer, college admissions officer, or stranger seeing your profile, that message, that picture...
Trust Your Gut
If someone is bothering you, block ‘em. If you have suspicions, feel threatened, unsafe, or uncomfortable, notify the site owner, tell an adult you trust, and contact the Cyber Tipline at www.cybertipline.com immediately.
Check It Out
See what others are posting about you online. Even though you are careful, they may not be! Hurt can come from friends, as well as from strangers.
People you meet online might not be whom they say. Meeting an online ‘friend' in person only makes sense if you've told a trusted adult, it's in a public place, and you've got your posse with you.
Don't Get Duped
Ads and messages making offers that are too good to be true? Spam. Requests for personal account information? Phishing scams. Mark bogus friends requests as spam. Don't get sucked in!
Be Part of the Solution
Don't use your space to trash talk others. Close out any accounts and services you no longer use. Promote a culture of self-monitoring so others won't be so tempted to step in and restrict teen access. You have the power to improve your online community!