Safe Blogging tips for teens
Protect your info. Check to see if your services has a "friends" list that allows you to decide who can visit your profile or blog. If so, allow only people you know and trust.
Avoid in-person meeting. Don't get together with someone you "meet" in a profile or blog unless you are certain of their actual identity. Talk it over with an adult first. Although it's still not risk-free, arrange any meetings in a public place and bring along some friends, your parents, or a trusted adult.
Think before you post. What's uploaded to the Net can be downloaded by anyone and passed around or posted online pretty much forever. Avoid posting photos that allow people to identify you, especially sexually suggestive images.
Check comments regularly. Don't respond to mean or embarrassing comments.
Be honest about your age. Membership rules are there to protect people. If you are too you to sign up, don't lie about your age.
Information courtesy of ALA American Library Association, Illinois Library Association and Myspace.com
Kids and parents for additional information on this topic:
Get Net Wise
If you would also like a PDF of this information in a printable bookmark check out www.ila.org/netsafe