One way is to make a "social media agreement" with your kids — a real contract they can sign.In it, they can agree to protect their own privacy, consider their reputation, and not give out personal information.With the advent of Facebook and the other thousands of social networking and chat sites on the Internet, danger is only a click away.The Internet predators are out there and your kids are willingly chatting with them.Posting an inappropriate photo can damage a kid's reputation in ways that may cause problems years later — such as when a potential employer or college admissions officer does a background check.And if a kid sends a mean-spirited tweet as a joke, it could be very hurtful to someone else and even taken as a threat.It seems that there is another dangerous trend that teenagers are participating in called Sexting. Research by Cox Communications Inc., in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ® (NCMEC) and TV host and children’s advocate John Walsh reveals that more parents are talking to their children about the potential dangers of the Internet.
Keep computers in public areas in the house, avoid laptops and smartphones in bedrooms, and set some rules on the use of technology (such as no cellphones at the dinner table).
Many newer apps automatically reveal the poster's location when they're used.
This can tell anyone out there exactly where to find the person using the app.
For kids and teens, social media is an essential part of their lives, much the way telephones were important to us at their age.
About 90% of teens have used some form of social media and 75% have a profile on a social networking site, experts say.