Social networking websites are on-line communities where people can connect with others who share the same interests and activities.
They are a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, make new friends, look at photos, find out about events and much more.
Websites such as Facebook and Twitter are great ways to keep in touch with friends and make new ones, however, social networking sites can also allow others to steal personal information. You should advise your parent to:
- Be aware of who can see their profile. Most social networks allow them to choose who can see their profile, but they may have to change your settings to make it private
- They should avoid publishing any personal information, such as phone number, photos of their home, address, date of birth or full name
- They should pick a user name that does not include any personal information
Ideally, they should set up a separate email account that does not use their real name to register. If they don’t want to use that site any more, they can simply stop using that mail account
- They should use a strong password made up of capitals, lower case, letters and numbers
- They should be especially cautious of people they have met on-line and who ask for personal information. or want to meet them
- They should be on guard against ‘phishing’ scams