Friday, January 28, 2011

Online Privacy and Your Kids

The New Facebook Privacy setting called “Instant Personalization” is now in effect. The new setting shares your data with non-Facebook websites and is automatically set to “Enabled.”

To update your settings go to:

Account > Privacy Settings > Apps & Websites > Instant Personalization > edit settings and uncheck “Enable.”

 If your friends don’t do this, they will be sharing info about YOU as well on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, Pandora, etc., so make sure they know about the update too.

Don't forget to share this info with your kids. Many parents are "hands-off" with what their kids are doing online, either because they aren't computer savvy or don't want to know what they're doing.

Make sure you talk with them about not posting sensitive information that could hurt them later. Once it's online it's available for everybody to see and it may never go away. Posting certain things online could hurt them in sports, academics, and job applications - now and in the future.

It may not be easy to talk with them about this but it's every bit as important as that talk you keep putting off about sex and drugs.