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Summer-slide into oversharing: Teens and social media

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It's officially summer in Florida. School is out and it's not a secret, our kids will probably be spending a lot more time online.

Screen time doesn't only mean in front of a computer, today many teens have Smartphones, iPhones or tablets sewn into the palm of their hands.

Online safety is always a priority, and there are so many different parts that it includes.

  • Privacy settings
  • Identity theft
  • Virtual friends
  • Chatrooms
  • Online predators
  • Online reputation
  • Social media networking
  • and more.....

Oversharing is a huge part of online safety and privacy.

According to a recent McAfee Consumer Study, tweens and teens still overshare personal information:

  • 50% posted their email address
  • 30% posted their phone number
  • 14% posted their home address

It is imperative parents have the conversation about oversharing, and like other important subjects, it is one that you have on a continuous basis. Parents have to also remember they are their child's digital role model. What they do online is a reflection of what their child will deem appropriate.

Summer is here, we talk about pool and water safety here in Florida, but let's not forget about online safety.

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