Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Guidelines: MySpace & Teens

January 31st, 2008 by Bill Wardell
Myspace seems to be one of the few good sites where you express yourself, connect with friends and make new ones. But there are some guidelines, some limits, which you should always follow to make your experience online a better one. You can’t just post anything you feel like.

Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want the world to know, like your phone number address and specific whereabouts anything that would make it easy for a stranger to find you or you may find yourself in trouble.

People are not always who they say they are, avoid meeting people whom you do not know in person. If your curiosity is too strong and you must, meet in a public place, bring a friend or trusted adult. Teens should ALWAYS have their parents permission first.

If you feel harassed or feel something is inappropriate about someone’s behavior report it to MySpace authorities. Don’t post anything whether it is a photograph or some other type of information, that may embarrass you later or that you will have to pay the price for later in life.

Parents should monitor the online hours of their chilrend, the sites they are viewing and the friends they are making online. Myspace will delete users less than 14 years of age or those misrepresenting their age.

Always remind children the dangers of putting private information in a public place and let them know that whatever they post, adults can also see, so they shouldn’t post photographs and information they don’t want an adult to see.

Although the cases of a bad guy online hurting someone offline in real life is not that alarming to some, especially at this present day and time, there is an old saying ‘precaution is better than the cure’. You shouldn’t live under a stone thinking that nothing will happen to you, in this ever changing world everything is possible and all it takes is just a little care from your end.


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