We have all heard stories of evil individuals trolling teen networks as a way to prey upon the young and na�ve. These stories as parents horrify us and we want to make sure nothing terrible happens to our kids or loved ones. It is very urgent to bring these issues to the forefront.
As you Harvard Group puts it, there are a variety of urban legends, misconceptions and common perceptions of social networks, predators and teens, but again, with that truth said, also there are problems with identity theft, phishing along with other things online. For instance, a recently available story where teens on the blogs were all discussing a retreat trip sponsored in part by the institution and which families were going away, dates, times, everything – all those houses were robbed, also it had not been by anyone connected in any way with the school itself.
Thus, personal information can be your friend and help to make friendly social connections to satisfy your innate needs, but that personal information could be turned against you aswell, so, personal responsibility, good sense and a little extra knowledge will go a long way. It is for this reason that education is necessary for teens and anyone who plays around with internet sites online.
Of course, this education should be done so that it dispels the myths of online social networks and how the predators and identity thieves utilize them so that you can suck their prey in. Without legitimate education, located in reality, we will find yourself scaring people away from social networks, when what we really should be doing gets them to take a little extra responsibility in what they post online and how they connect to people they do not know.