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25 Ways to Make Kids Safer:

At Home

  • Teach your children their full names, address, and home telephone number. Make sure they know your full name.
  • Make sure your children know how to reach you at work or on your cell phone.

On the Net

  • Learn about the Internet. The more you know about how the Web works, the better prepared you are to teach your children about potential risks. Visit www.NetSmartz.org for more information about Internet safety.
  • Place the family computer in a common area, rather than a child’s bedroom. Also, monitor their time spent online and the websites they’ve visited and establish rules for Internet use.

At School

  • Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help. If your children ride a bus, visit the bus stop with them to make sure they know which bus to take.
  • Remind kids to take a friend whenever they walk or bike to school. Remind them to stay with a group if they’re waiting at the bus stop.

Out and About

  • Take your children on a walking tour of the neighborhood and tell them whose homes they may visit without you.
  • Remind your children it’s OK to say NO to anything that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused and teach your children to tell you if anything or anyone makes them feel this way.

Click here to download these tips and more for reference.


Facebook Privacy Campaign

How to Control Your Information on Facebook (download these tips or visit www.facebook.com/fbsafety for more great tips_

Check Your audience before you post

Facebook has in-line privacy controls so you can set your audience – Private, friends, Friends of Friends, Public – before you post a status update.

Check app privacy before authorizing an app

Before authorizing an app, Facebook tells you information the app is gathering. You’ll also be able to choose to allow the app to make timeline posts on your behalf.

Be location aware

Whether you’re checking in with your mobile device or you are tagging your location, you’re in control of whether you share your location with other people on Facebook.

Check your Activity log

Facebook has an activity log that is only visible to you. This is where you can see and control the privacy of things you’ve posted on Facebook.

Think before you tag & check what you are tagged in

Tagging helps you see when people are posting about you, and it helps people find you. With Activity Log, you can untag yourself from photos you’re tagged in or use. Facebook’s Social Reporting to ask someone to move photos entirely

Check your privacy settings

Facebook’s privacy settings help you control who can see your stuff on Facebook and how you connect with other people. You can access the most common privacy settings from the privacy shortcut icon at the top of the page.

Create Custom Lists & Groups

Sometimes you want to share information with a specific group of friends. On Facebook, you can create custom lists to limit your sharing. You can also use Facebook Groups to create smaller communities.

Read the Data Use Policy

The Facebook Data Use Policy is the central location for information about privacy on Facebook. It features all of the information you need about controlling your information on the site, with apps, and in mobile.

Check Out the Help Center

The Facebook Help Center lets you get answers to your privacy questions. You can also learn the Facebook privacy basic, learn about the privacy features of new part of Facebook service, and see how to contact Facebook when you have a problem .

Stay up to date on the Facebook & Privacy Page

On Facebook, safety is a conversation and everyone has a role. Stay up to date on how privacy is built into the Facebook service by liking the Facebook & Privacy Page. The page also includes an Ask the CPO feature that lets you send questions to Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, and any other privacy information.

Social media is creating a world that is more open and connected, enabling people to share the most important parts of their lives with families, friends and communities.

In this new world, everyone has a role in making sure that people can make informed choices about how they connect & share.

Attorney General Kilmartin and Facebook have teamed up to offer these tips on how you can control your information on Facebook. Our goal is to help you take advantage of the privacy controls that Facebook puts at the center of the experience, so that you can make the choice that is right for you about what information you share, and with whom you share it.

“The Internet offers many opportunities for young people. It is a gateway to exciting new opportunities and allows young people to expand their horizons far beyond their neighborhood. But, it can also be a place of danger. That is why we need to ensure the Internet is a safe and secure environment for our young people. Just as we address bullying in our schools and teach our children to be aware of dangers in our community, we must address them online,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “I am pleased to join with Facebook to launch this online safety campaign. I urge parents, teachers, community leaders, and policy makers to learn more about how to create a safe online space for children through this campaign.”

The initiative, which was formally unveiled at the National Association of Attorneys General’s Presidential Initiative Summit on “Privacy in the Digital Age,” provides teenagers and parents with tips and resources to better manage what information they share – and with whom they share it -- both on Facebook and more broadly on the Internet.

Although the awareness campaign targets young people, the online privacy resources can be utilized by all consumers. The effort also includes a privacy tip sheet and an “Ask the Safety Team” video series where Facebook will answer consumers’ questions. Both can be found at www.facebook.com/fbsafety.