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Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project (www.pewinternet.org)
The main hazard associated with social networks is that children/teens occasionally reveal personal information that should not be publicized. For example, users of social networks should never reveal such information as first or last names, hometowns, school names, or information regarding the specifics of their daily routines.
Many social sites allow users the ability to restrict viewing to certain visitors via a secure login/password. Students can be casual about such security, and passwords are shared with anyone who asks them. These logins are especially important if a student posts pictures of themselves. It is important to remember that the very personal nature of social networks that makes them so appealing to students is also what makes them appealing to online predators.
Texas Education's Internet Safety
In accordance with HB 3171, Section 38.023, the Texas Education Agency has developed and made available to school districts a list of resources concerning Internet Safety. In the navigation bar above are links to pages for students, educators and parents. Within each of the pages are links that categorize different aspects of Internet safety and digital citizenship.