To help adults understand the value Who Can I Talk To? Where Can I Go
of social networking you can: for More Information?
• Talk to them about how you use social
• Show that you keep personal information
Don’t overlook trusted adults in your
community. These may be family members,
coaches, librarians, teachers, neighbors,
private and practice safe and responsible
clergy, or family friends. Check out these
use of social networking services. Web sites as well:
• Teach adults how to use social network-
ing sites that match their interests. Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for
• Volunteer at your library. Tweens and Teens
• Show adults educational uses of social tec14.htm
networking. Find examples at http://
A Guide for Teens
A short and useful list of reminders for
tinyurl.com/2ylmes staying safe online.
• Make and share a video or podcast that
shows positive uses of social networking.
X-Block trains teen mentors, hosts teen-
How Can I Make Sure My Access to
produced vodcasts, and sponsors contests.
Social Networks is Not Taken Away?
There are free online tutorials, printable
• Stay informed about what is happening in
newsletters and more.
your state regarding lawmakers’ decisions
about online social networks. NetSmartz
• Contact a lawmaker to let him or her know http://www.netsmartz.org/netteens.htm
how online social networks are used. Go Besides a library of information
to http://tinyurl.com/25p2qs for tips on
(NetSmartz411), there are links to videos of
“Real Life Stories” with activity cards and re-
how to get in touch with your legislators.
lated news stories.
• Talk to your local librarian and ask how
you might become involved in this issue, WiredSafety
and volunteer to educate your community www.wiredsafety.org/youth.html
about social networking by teaching a You can seek advice through the online chat
class to parents or other teens
help service or become “teenangels”
(www.teenangels.org), 13-18 year-old
• Spread the word about positive uses of volunteers who have been trained by law
social networking sites. Use the 30 Posi- enforcement and other safety experts in 50 E. Huron St.
tive Uses of Social Networking for online safety, privacy, and security. Chicago, IL 60640
ideas: www.leonline.com/yalsa/ 1.800.545.2433 x4390
This pamphlet was created by YALSA, a 501c3 non-
positive_uses.pdf profit serving librarians who work with teens firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Do We Call Why Do Adults Treat Social What’s safety got
Networking Differently Than I Do?
This Social to do with it?
Networking? There are many reasons adults treat social
While using a social networking site, some-
networking differently than they treat other one you don’t know and who isn’t who they
Chances are, you and your web sites and services. Including: say they are might contact you. If you let that
friends don’t use the term “social net- person know something about you—your
working.” You might say, “I’m using • They may not really understand what it is name, where you live, where you go to
MySpace” or “I’m updating my blog.” or realize that they have used social net- school— that could jeopardize your safety.
working software themselves. Many peo-
Web sites like blogs, wikis, Facebook, ple do not understand that sites like It is important to know how to be safe by
YouTube, Flickr, and Ning all allow us- Amazon and eBay are built with social keeping your profile and photos private and
ers to create their own content and/or networking functionality and principles. not letting strangers find out personal details
to connect with other people. You about you.
may also hear this called “Web 2.0” or • They may not think social networking has
the “Read/Write Web.” any value. If Someone Threatens You
If a stranger contacts you and does anything
Lumping these kinds of sites together that makes you afraid or uncomfortable,
• They have seen news reports that immediately tell a trusted adult and contact
by referring to them as “social network- stress the risks and dangers of using so- the Cyber Tipline at www.cybertipline.com
ing sites” can give some adults the cial networking software. or by calling 1-800-843-5678.
impression that these sites are used
mostly for meeting people you don’t • There ARE risks associated with using What’s Privacy Got To Do With It?
know, which is not usually the case. social networking software and adults Have you heard the stories of people who
want to protect children and teens. went for job interviews and found out that the
Learn More: employer checked out their MySpace pages?
• They have not seen reports of You can’t be 100% sure who is going to see
Social Networking Web Sites and responsible and meaningful uses of so- what you post about yourself, your friends,
cial networking software, particularly by and what you do with your spare time.
Teens: An Overview
It’s important to think about what you keep
report_display.asp private in social networking sites to stay safe.
• They don't really understand how teens It’s also important to make sure potential
Online Social Networking: Get a Grip use social networking software and the employers, college admissions officers, etc.
www.dps.iastate.edu/getagrip/college/ role it plays in their lives. have the right concept of who you really are.
YALSA’s Teen Tech Week™ Identity theft is a growing problem. Keeping
strives to ensure that all
teens are competent and
your personal information private can also
ethical users of technology. help ensure that your identity isn’t stolen.
Learn more at www.ala.org/ Learn more at: www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/