Times have changed and the Internet is the new place for social gathering. Different websites exist which help us mingle with each other.
As in the face to face world, socializing on the Internet also has good and bad information as well as people. So people should be cautious in their approach.
Most susceptible are teenagers since some are not as prudent in their decisions.
As parents you should make sure what kind of socialize network your children are involved in. Social networking websites are the most desired pastime for children which makes the parents job more difficult.
Legal aspects of social networking websites
Recently there has been a lot of news which makes parents more cautious in their approach. And apart from that there is the legal aspect as well for the kind of information being shared through facebook. This aspect is certainly one some teenagers do not comprehend.
The terms and conditions on facebook can change anytime. So teenagers should be alert to frequently have a look at them to make sure nothing they do is illegal.
The most important aspect which can be diluted easily is that this website is primarily for personal use. So you should only create profiles for the actual person. This could easily land you in an illegal trap.
Think about the photos you post
Recently there has been in major shift in the way attorneys work. For all new cases they search online for information about plaintiffs, defendants and witness alike. In one of the cases, a 20 year old was charged with a drunk driving accident. The other youth was severely injured. The accused was supposedly to be let off with a light sentence. But the accused posted some photos on facebook in a prisoner costume. This resulted in a 2 year state prison term.
The most common is the sharing of photos which can result in child pornography charges. Be vigilant to make sure that if an individual in a photo is insufficiently clothed or in sexually suggestive poses that they are 18 years old or older.
Originally posted 2009-08-25 09:56:31.