When it comes to avoiding oversharing online, it can feel like you’re just plugging leaks. As soon as one area of oversharing is fixed, another pops up somewhere else.
This feeling can be exacerbated when you have teens, as there are lots of ways teens are oversharing online.
At Hueya, our goal is to help parents keep their teens safe with quick, easy tips.
Here are a few key safety precautions to take on social media:
- Set social profiles to private: The major concern with a public profile (Facebook or LinkedIn) is availability. Personal information is open to the entire world. Some of whom don’t have your teen’s best interest at heart. A great way to start with your teen is turning off public profiles on the major social media channels.
- Take privacy precautions for profile & cover photos: Your profile and cover photos are public on all major social media. For teens, publicly displaying pictures of themselves can put them at risk. We suggest teens use photos that include other people, don’t display their face head-on, etc.
- Remove personal information from Facebook Intro: Facebook has added a small section on profile’s allowing users to show photos and personal info publicly even if their profile is protected. This adds another opportunity to leak info. Chat with your teen about what they are sharing through their intro section (ie. locations, pictures of themselves, etc.). *Find more ways to secure Facebook profiles here.
- Remove last name, personal website from Instagram profile: Even if your child’s Instagram sharing is set to private your teen’s profile could still be leaking info. Even when a profile is private name, bio, and website are still public. It’s important to monitor what potentially risky information is being shared on this part of your teen’s profile.
- Remove location, personal website from Twitter Profile: Similar to Instagram, Twitter profiles with “Protected Tweets” still show personal information: bio, location, website, birthday. Again, this can provide a lot of personal (and risky) information about your teen.
Avoiding oversharing online isn’t about perfection. It’s about improvement. Each piece of information protected today means a safer tomorrow.
If you’d like to find more ways to keep your teen safe, check out our related posts below or check out these 5 tips for keeping kids safe on social media!