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Wish I could comment on some of the other answers, but I'm a noob, so I can't... Anyway, there's absolutely nothing wrong with posting your pictures, your names, all of it. Continuing to promote "stranger danger" and god-forbid-someone-gets-teased and god-forbid-someone-finds-out-about-our-mistakes philosophies is really just silly. Let's get over all that ...


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Not everyone is familiar enough with social media to make the best educated decisions. It may very well be that the friend's mother wants to add her daughter's friends as a way of keeping tabs on her daughter's online social activities. I don't think this an unreasonable approach, although it doesn't guarantee that she'll be able to see any inappropriate ...


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Infants and toddlers don't yet have the information to understand normal, basic, face to face social interactions. They cannot understand the point of social media, publishing, and broadcasting. Lay the basics first, then layer on the advanced stuff.


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My policy is, you can post pictures without a name, or a name without a picture, but never together. Why? Because nothing can ever be removed from the Internet ever. It bugs me when people tag pictures of me with my name, or mention my kids online (but not enough to nag them about it). Information about me is mine to disclose or not, and I resent the fact ...


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Here are some of my thoughts on the topic: What are the risks? Some freaks collect pictures for their own weird purposes. That's despicable but at least the real-life risk to your kids is so small as to be nonexistent. A bigger concern is, as has been said, schoolmates that use the pics for taunting and harassment. This can be really problematic and is ...


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I would focus on the lying and sneaking around. As you have mentioned, you feel there is no way around the use of the programs. I, personally would talk to her about Facebook and have her account frozen - the user agreement on Facebook states that users must be 13. I would proceed with talks about trust. I think I would make her re-earn the right to use all ...


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We set up an email account for my daughter at age 9 and a blog for her. We also invested a lot of effort educating her about anonymity and trust. Neither email nor blog use her personal name or give away any details other than the city she lives in. She actually chose to use a pseudonym. She has been taught to never post photos, never give away personal ...


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The minimum age to use Facebook, per their terms of service, is 13: What is the minimum age required to sign up for Facebook? In order to be eligible to sign up for Facebook, people must be thirteen (13) years of age or older. The minimum age to use GMail and Google Accounts, per their terms of service, is also 13 (in the USA): Age ...


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While I personally only friend teens who I'm relatively close to (or would like to be closer), like my nieces and nephews, and would not encourage a teen to accept a stranger's friend request, I don't see a problem with accepting an adult acquaintance's friend request. I think our society has suffered somewhat by keeping children mostly segregated in their ...


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You use the same approach you would use for just about any other "how to protect my children" question. Step 1: educate yourself. The first thing you have to do is educate yourself. What does your child do online, and where are the risks they're going to face? If you have a good relationship with your child, you can ask them about it directly. You can ...


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Unfortunately a lot of the Internet is a 'Wild West' environment - you cannot completely prevent cyber bullying. That said, there are a number of options which can help. I'm guessing you are not a parent, but this topic is likely to be of interest to parents and children alike. Facebook has a specific anti-cyber-bullying team that you can report incidents ...


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First of all, Gmail will allow you to 'delegate' email to another address. my 10 yo daughter has an email address that i delegated to my main gmail address. Dropdown at my name on the screen and i can open her mailbox. I do it regularly. Secondly, if you notified those services, they would delete or block the accounts. Not personally sure that would be my ...


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One thing that is possible, and happens often enough to be disturbing, is that someone may take your pictures and use them in marketing materials without your approval.


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I don't think it is necessary to use all the technology that your children are using to help them understand how to use it safely. There are way too many apps and other things that they can use and will use in the future for you to be able to use all of them and then teach them proper usage. I feel that if you explain basic concepts like don't give out ...


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It really depends on the parent, and her relationship with her kid's friends. I don't have a teenager, yet, but I worked for 6 years as a middle and high school music instructor, and have had students add me over the course of those years (I had created an alternate account for this, to provide separation from my "professional" life activity and personal ...


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The main risk is that when you post, you are aware of the present context and can't link it to the future-- because the future doesn't exist yet. But computers can. Computer software can link a person's identity, the image of their face or name to every concept (website, blogpost tag, other people, ideas they express, actions they take, etc) they are seen ...


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About.com listed some of the risks of posting your baby's photos online are: if your baby's photo is used with other means without your permission. There is a story of a girl who found out that her photo was used for a mobile company halfway around the world without her permission. Another family also found out that their family picture was used as a ...


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There is always a risk with anything you do online. We have had a website for our family for eight years for the same reasons you list. Here are some precautions that we take. We don't use last names at all, ever. We don't label the pictures in any way. We don't advertise our website through email or other online modes of comunication. We directly gave the ...


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Proclaimer: I have no personal experience with raising children. I just have a big interest in it, am following some guru's at this topic in the Netherlands, exchanged thoughts with a teacher, and have thought about / shaped my own thoughts. You're making big steps in your own process here, that is great to see. On one hand you very confident in punishment ...


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My son just turned 10. We got him an email account under the condition that we have his email address password as well. Of course, he can just delete stuff he doesn't want us to see as well, so even that is no real gated environment. I have no answers other than, as you state, we can try blocking and grounding but none of that actually works. So I think the ...


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There are more than a few studies done on the growth of grade school children in terms of their impact on social and academic success. Just a quick google brought these up: "The Influence of Social Networking Participation on Student Academic Performance Across Gender Lines" "Is Growing Up in the Digital Age Preparing Elementary School Children for ...


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Social networks are just another way to relate to others. Educating children into relationships is part of parent´s duties. You should use FB to experience its full capabilities and risks. Mainly you should educate your children to show respect to others, be it in a social network or any other social relation.


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Keeping tabs on her whereabouts, getting her a cell phone / emergency contact in case they do find themselves in trouble, and making them feel like they can communicate with you and not have to hide anything.


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This is difficult to decide, partly because the difference between someone who is 11 and someone who is 13 is not that great (to take it to an absurd extreme, if someone who is one week away from being 13 were caught creating a FB account, would FB close the account and tell them to wait one week?). I think grounding her was correct - she went behind your ...


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Couple of things to add: As someone said, using certain services is forbidden for children under 13 years old. This can lead to sad consequences, as in this case: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/hey-google-thanks-for-making-my-daughter-cry/2011/12/12/gIQAhYx9pO_blog.html where child's mail account was deleted (and all nice memories lost), ...



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