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Profiles

Your online profile can be viewed by anyone, including coaches, employers, and college admissions offices. Everything on your profile represents who you are. What does it say about you?

•Stay in control of your online reputation!


•Don't post information, photos, or videos you might regret later.


•Think about your online image (Who will see this? What will they think?).


•Use privacy settings to limit access to your page; don't let anyone - not predators or cyberbullies - gain access to information that's yours.


•Remember that online choices have offline consequences and in some cases, legal implications.


•Consider how fast information and images get forwarded to people beyond your group of friends via texting, IM, and e-mail - especially explicit ones.


Social Networks

Setting your page to private is smart, and a step in the right direction -- but who's on your friends list? Don't give just anyone access to your world.

•Keep your personal information private


•Only add friends you know in real life


•Set your page and blog to private


•Use a nickname that doesn't identify your location, gender, or age


•Never meet in person with anyone you have first met online


•Alter your pictures before you post them to remove identifying information


•Profile and photo share only with people on your friends list


•Don't post your plans or whereabouts on your site


•Ignore harassing or rude comments posted on your profile


•Think about the possible consequences of the information and photos you post


•Never post provocative photos

*taken from http://www.nsteens.org

Other Resources

4 minutes to a better MySpace security setting
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