Facebook Safety Tips

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Mia Keller writes, Nowadays, more and more kids are joining facebook.

Nowadays, more and more kids are joining facebook. With over 500 million active users, it’s the world’s largest social networking site, and it’s not a surprise if people at your school have their own accounts. If you’re thinking of joining, you should read these tips to help be safe and have fun. 1. Don’t post your address or phone number. This information should only be given to friends and family. Posting it online makes it public- this means anyone can see it. 2. Remember-anything you post is public information. You’ve probably heard stories on the news or online about people being sued for what they posted. I wouldn’t really worry about this, but I would make sure that what you post is appropriate for the setting. Before setting up an account, you should talk to a parent or guardian about their rules. 3. Don’t “friend” anyone you don’t know. You can set your privacy settings so that only friends can see your info. Just remember, any friend of yours can see your profile, so only add people you know and trust. 4. Never share your password with anyone. Sharing your password with someone gives them full access to your account. This includes wall postings, personal settings, friends, and more. Even if the person who asks is your best friend, sharing it could be risky. 5. Make sure to tell your parents or guardians if anything is happening that you’re not sure of. If you don’t know someone who messaged you or added you as a friend, it’s a good idea to tell your parents about what’s going on. They can help you to keep your account safe. Last but not least, have fun! Facebook can be a great place to connect with friends and family when used appropriately. Just remember to talk to a parent or guardian before setting up an account, and always follow their rules.