Maybe you have teen-aged kids and they’ve started blogging. Or perhaps they’re fond of social networking sites. Be sure to watch what your kids are doing, because they are potentially endangering themselves, and even your family, if they give out too much information to the public.
Sites like MySpace, Friendster, and Multiply are social networking sites that are very popular among teens and young adults (even with grade-schoolers, too, actually). These are great in that they let people connect to their friends online, set up online profiles/identities, and network with other people.
Blogs, meanwhile, are popular among teens and young adults as online diaries or journals. They are just like paper-based diaries, but they’re usually published and available for viewing by the public. Blogs make it easy to write and publish content online, since these don’t require much technical knowledge.
Some blogging services have social networking functions, and sometimes it’s the other way around. Blogs and social networking sites, therefore, can be great at keeping track of what your friends are up to.
However, there are dangers to this (we shall discuss this next).