Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kids need to be warned about revealing too much on the Internet

Parents who read their teens' myspace or facebook accounts are often shocked at what they find. Kids today use the Internet to post all of their lives--the good, the bad, the ugly. In today's Life section of USA Today, there is an article on this. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/webguide/internetlife/2007-10-22-online-privacy_N.htm

The Internet is a great tool--obviously, I am using it so I believe this. But kids need to understand that employers will not look too kindly at pictures of them being drunk, posing nude, or using profanity. Years later, kids may very much regret what they have put out for public consumption.

We need to warn our kids about appropriateand non-appropriate levels of self-disclosure on the Internet.