When it comes to digital security, it can often feel like we’re plugging leaks. As soon as one is filled another pops up somewhere else. This feeling can be exacerbated when you have teens, as there are even more potential leaks.
At Hueya, our goal is to help families find ways to protect the online personal privacy of their teens in an attempt to avoid leaks in the first place.
Here are a few places to look more closely in an effort to protect your teen from information leaks:
- Public Profiles: The major concern with a public profile is availability. Personal information is open to the entire world. That’s 7+ billion people. Some of whom don’t have your teen’s best interest at heart. A great way to start with your teen (and your own social media) is turning off public profiles on all the major social media channels as a result giving you and your family control over who sees what you share.
- Profile/Cover Photos: On all major social media platforms your profile and cover photos are public. Generally speaking, this is okay for adults as long as we aren’t inadvertently giving away information through these photos (address, current city, etc.). For teens, however, 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, or don’t show their face at all.
- Facebook Intro: Facebook has added a small section on user’s profile that allows us to show photos and personal information publicly even if our profile is protected. While this is an interesting tool, it also adds another opportunity to leak personal information. Chat with your teen about what they are sharing through their intro section (ie. locations, pictures of themselves, etc.) In addition, you should check your Facebook privacy settings to see if your entire profile is publicly viewable.
- Instagram Profile: It’s important to remember that, even if their Instagram profile is set to private (see #1 above) your teen’s profile could still be leaking information. Note that even once a profile is private your 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.
- Twitter Profile: Similar to Instagram, Twitter profiles that have “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 leaks isn’t about perfection. It’s about improvement. Each piece of information protected today means a safer tomorrow and each conversation between parent and teen means greater awareness forever.
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