In a poll by Zogby International (October 2010 for Common Sense Media), 92% of parents are concerned that their children share too much information online, and 72% of teens agreed that their friends are sharing too much information online.
They don’t want to be publicly searchable on Facebook or other social networks. And make sure kids understand that they can protect their privacy by “untagging” themselves in any photo.
2. No location sharing!
When kids broadcast their whereabouts using sites like Gowalla, foursquare, or other location-sharing programs, it not only makes them vulnerable to unwelcome personal contact, but it also gives away personal information to advertisers.
3. No questionnaires, free giveaways, or contests!
They scrape kids’ information and use it to market directly to them.
4. Make sure kids look for the opt-out buttons.
When your kids register for a site or download an app, they accept the company’s use of private information. Make sure kids understand that many companies have “opt-out” policies – but they have to be proactive about checking those boxes.
5. When in doubt, check it out.
Before letting your kid sign up for anything make sure you know the facts. New apps, ringtones, and features all come with baggage – do your homework on whatever the product is and who’s doing the selling.