Posting content such as profile descriptions, personal information, photos, videos and more can cause problems for the young adults in their future endeavors when applying for schools, employment, dating for example. This information is not as secure as they think. It is essential for young people to understand the importance of learning Facebook etiquette so that they do not face any compromising or embarrassing situations in future.
Facebook allows social interaction the adult teenagers use to meet people with similar interests and to form various types of relationships with others by sharing information in the form of photos, videos and personal messages. The risks of using personal information, photos and videos have grown greatly as hackers, identity thieves, spammers and other online criminals lurking in Facebook may try to use this information to their own benefit, possibly exposing the young adults to danger.
Young adults can learn some security features that Facebook provides so that they can make their profiles private and available only to people whom they know or to allow people they know to communicate with them. There are young adults who do not know about these features or if they know they do not care about these features. Consequently, they become easy targets of online stalkers, pedophiles and sexual predators.
Unfortunately a lot of young adults do not seem to fully understand that the materials they post and share privately with others can easily be made public by the recipients. Posting personal contact information, family information, material, etc can be highly damaging to reputations of the young adults and their families. When they will apply for school, or try to get to employment in the future they may face embarrassing situations for all these damaging materials published on Facebook. They may feel extremely embarrassed when trying to meet someone to date when this Facebook issue will come up. Unfortunately many young adults do not want to listen, as they know everything at this age.
Educating oneself about any website they are using is very helpful. If parents and teachers educate themselves about various features of Facebook, how to share information safely they can help prevent problems. Young adults must learn to respect and communicate with people on Facebook the same way as they would in real life. They should never share home and school addresses, phone numbers, etc sensitive information on Facebook. They should not also use their full names on their Facebook profiles and post photos that reveal identifiable information such as school mascots, the name of the towns they live in, etc.
There are clear guidelines about how to stay safe while using Facebook on the website. Young adults should respect this Facebook etiquette to stay safe.
Marcy Breault "Etiquette Training Guru"