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Parent's Guide to Facebook
Technology is a wonderful thing. Almost every home in America has at least one computer. People connect through an array of social networking sites. While you can find long lost friends and connect with relatives you rarely see, social networking sites are also tools used by predators. Because of this unfortunate use, parents should monitor their children’s online presence. What if you are not Facebook savvy? Do you really know all there is to know about online security measures on the world’s largest social networking site?
Kathryn Rose has updated and reissued her book, The Parent’s Guide to Facebook: Tips and Strategies to Protect Your Children on the World’s Largest Social Network. Rose walks you through setting up an account, and creating privacy settings. She explains, in detail, every component of Facebook. You will learn about games, uploading photos, tagging, who can and cannot see what you post, and all of the different components that exist on Facebook that will allow someone to find out where your child is. Additionally, she tells you what to look for on friends’ pages that may also pose a security risk for yourself or for your child.
In addition to explaining Facebook, in detail, Rose offers suggestions for monitoring what your child may be publishing without your knowledge. By checking various search engines and reputation monitoring sites, you can keep an eye on your child’s online presence. It is; however, equally useful if you care to see what the world wide web contains about yourself.
Included are suggestions for handling cyber bullying and a contract to go over with your child that will help you discuss responsible internet usage. More than ever, children (and adults) need to be aware of what they are posting. Once something is out there, it is out there forever for the world to see. Increasingly, colleges, employers, and organizations are researching applicants online. Some hiring authorities specifically search MySpace and Facebook to see how the applicant represents him or herself.
Despite the fact that I use Facebook all the time, even I was able to glean some useful information. This book is an important tool for keeping our children safe. I would highly recommend it.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair review. Compensation did not exchange hands.
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