Keeping Your Private Life “Private”

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The daughter of Dell founder Michael Dell had her Twitter account taken down by her father’s security team after she tweeted pictures revealing too much information about her famous parent’s whereabouts. 

Even though her father is “famous for over-the-top devotion to privacy and security,” his daughter apparently did not inherit the same level of concern.

Aly Raisman, Olympic Gold Medal gymnast, last week revealed in a tweet that the U.S. Olympic ‘Fierce Five’ were planning a night on the town with male gymnasts. That type of information was bound to upset her coaches and parents and potentially cause a security risk for her.  Aly is set to make millions in endorsements following her success at the London 2012 games.

It just goes to show that teens and kids communicate online without regard for privacy.

Most adults understand the need to keep private information off the Internet.  Once something is posted, it can stay “out there” forever.  Therefore, for a variety of reasons, including safety, it is important to educate kids on this topic.

Children are often more tech-savvy than their parents, but that doesn’t mean that mom or dad have nothing to contribute to their children’s Internet knowledge.

Speaking with kids about appropriate online behavior is probably the best method to avoiding embarrassment, pain, or even heartache.  Sexual predators are lurking to cause harm.  Hackers are standing by to steal identities. Even the repo guy and skip tracers are finding you online.

Teach kids to assume that when they post personal information online, anyone can and will use it. 

Open dialogue with kids, as well as parental controls solutions like Net Nanny can help parents keep kids safe.

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