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Networking is all the rage these days. Everyone seems to be Facebooking or Twittering; these are two of the most well-known. There are actually hundreds of sites that could be used for networking. These sites meet the need for dating, religious issues, school, etc. just to name a few.
In and of themselves they are a good idea, bringing people of similar need together to help and support each other. There are a few issues of safety with all of them.
It is very easy for a stranger to find out your personal information through other’s pages. Nothing is really private on any of these sites. Be aware that anything you paste on your page or a friend’s is basically public knowledge. Be careful of what sort of information you are putting out into cyberspace.
*Do not give your address.
*Do not place your phone number.
*Do not put any credit card numbers or bank account information.
*Do not place an questionable pictures.
If you have children using these sites, as a parent you need to be vigilant. Be sure you know whom your child is networking with. Do not be afraid or ashamed to check out their page periodically to see whom they are talking to and what they are posting. It is part of being a parent to keep your child safe. You are not spying on them!
Be aware that predators use these sites to locate victims, so always be on your guard. If someone that you do not know tries to contact you refuse to network with them. Safety first is the policy.