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Keeping Kids Safe On Facebook

January 20, 2011, 5:06 PM by Peggy Moyer

Keeping Kids Safe On Facebook
SIOUX FALLS, SD - More than 500 million people are active Facebook users. So, without the right privacy settings, people around the world could have access to what your child posts online. Mother Susan Simko believes parents and children need to approach Facebook and other social networking together.

"I think it’s important for your child to be aware that you are watching what they are doing and if they do anything inappropriate that those privileges will be revoked,"Susan Simko said.

It's important to check often. According to Facebook, the average user creates 90 pieces of content each month.

Depending on how often your child posts, It could be time consuming for a parent to monitor all of it. And, some parents don't want to invade their child's privacy.

"I think more than a right. I think they have a responsibility. That's one of the things they need to do as a parent. You need to take these steps and make sure that your child is going to be safe," Officer Sam Clemens, Sioux Falls Police Department said.

"I do think its very scary how quickly something and be put out on Facebook and so many people can see it," Smiko said.

Law enforcement monitor Facebook and say if you find a posting that's threatening, don't wait for somebody else to report it to police.

"If something does happen, how would you feel in that situation? And so it's always better to be proactive and let people know," said Clemens.

Police say its important you set up the Facebook account with your child to make sure only "friends" are able to see their posted information. You do that by selecting the privacy settings link on the account.

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