I found this relevant post on the O’Reilly website titled: "Ten Ways to Protect You Privacy on Facebook". It was compiled from the book “Facebook The Missing Manual” by E. A. (Emily) Vander Veer. Here are my thoughts on the issue – as more parents and teens (13 and over) jump on the Facebook bandwagon, privacy is even more of a concern.
COACHES ARE CHECKING:
I talked to a highschool coach who checks her students’ Facebook profile if they don’t show up to practice. If the team members talk about a "big party" they went to the night before – she knows why they did not show up. The bigger issue may be why kids are "partying" during the week – but a sub-issue is that they are sharing private information online.
PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS ARE CHECKING:
I talked to someone who just got out of college and noticed that employers printed out her social networking profiles as part of the interview process.
PREDATORS MAY SOLICIT KIDS ON FACEBOOK:
"Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced an investigation into
the popular online social networking site Facebook after undercover
investigators posing as children were allegedly solicited by sexual
predators and the company was lax in responding to complaints."
A college website had even more to say on the subject… NetFamilyNews posted with an FBI agent’s practical advice.
IF YOU THINK NO ONE IS READING YOUR BLOG or ONLINE PUBLIC INFORMATION – YOU ARE LIVING IN A DREAMWORLD:
I have had mothers’ from my kids school – that I had not talked to for years – come up to me and tell me they are keeping up to date with me via my blogs. I was thrilled they was reading my blog, but that helped me understand that my online information is being viewed by many. Which is not a bad thing, but just something that should be kept in mind.
Tell yourself and your teens to keep private information offline. Any information put online should be considered "for public viewing". And don’t forget to adjust your privacy settings right away when signing up for Facebook. Read the post from the O’Reilly website for the full list of privacy recommendations for Facebook.