One of the most common social network questions I hear is about Facebook. Is it really safe? It’s a great place to socialize with family and friends, and network with other professionals. I personally use this social network for getting back in touch with friends and family as well as promoting my books.

Here is a helpful link for safety information regarding general safety and safety information for teens, parents, educators, and law enforcement. Read it before you decide to open a Facebook account.!/help/?safety

  • Keep in mind these simple, helpful tips.
  • Ask questions and learn about how Facebook works before you open an account.
  • Use the privacy settings. Check back periodically to make sure that your settings are what you want. Facebook updates all the time, make sure that your account is protected and your personal information isn’t available for everyone to see.
  • Change the privacy setting on the search feature.
  • Change the privacy setting on your Facebook applications.
  • Utilize the limited profile list. Allow “only” friends to see your profile.
  • Don’t post ANY personal information that you don’t want the world to see.
  • Be wary of clicking on any ads.
  • No one will ever ask for your password. Don’t give it out. It’s a good idea to change your password every three months as a safety precaution.
  • Talk to your kids about safety and protecting personal information. It’s a good idea to make sure that you’re a friend of your children to monitor who is contacting them.
  • If you or anyone you know is being harassed or threatened, report it immediately to local law enforcement.
  • Don’t be quick to respond and accept “friends” in distress or asking for money. Verify the source and call them in person.
  • Stay informed and vigilant.

Jennifer Chase
Award Winning Author & Criminologist

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