Dear Amy: Why do websites post personal information? — Brooklynn, Hesperia, Mich.
Dear Brooklynn: Some websites are social sites that allow people to interact with other users by sharing pictures, videos, blogs and more. Users can add comments about other users' content or even directly message them. Additionally, these sites usually have profile pages for site members, which display information about the user and may include personal information, such as a phone number, e-mail address or a profile picture.
These sites were designed for adults, so usually they’re not very kid-friendly. Kids should avoid websites that post personal information because they can be dangerous.
A better idea is to find a social networking site designed just for kids. There are many social sites for kids, so find one that you and your parents or guardians can agree on.
If you decide to join a social site, be sure you know all the safety rules. Visit the Federal Trade Commission's Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens, www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec14.shtm, for a list of important things to keep in mind while you socialize online.
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