Millions of American teens--and teens around the world--have a page on a social networking site like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. They use the sites to socialize with friends from their school or community, but they also find new friends.
These sites have become a playground for sex offenders and other criminals looking for innocent victims. Parents should monitor their children's computer use and socializing online. Ask questions about your child's online friends and create rules to ensure their safety.
Learn more about social networking safety.
Learn more about the online social habits of teens.
To better protect your children, sign up for a social networking page yourself, and require your children to friend you so you can monitor their social networking activity.