Keep personal information on a need-to-know basis
Not every message should be shouted from the rooftops. It’s important to think before you share, since public content can be copied, re-shared and spread around the web by anyone who finds it. Talk to your family about protecting their personal information online, then help them share what they want and protect what they don’t. Some services, like Google+, have stricter sharing settings for teen users than for adults, but many services can be customised to fit the needs of each family member. Talk with your family about what types of information they can share publicly, what might be better to share with just a few close friends and what should stay private.
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While the internet offers great benefits, parents also need to be aware of the risks. These include privacy-related risks such as identify theft and fraud, scams and phishing. In addition, children and young people may share personally identifying information without being aware that this can be seen by other people that they may not know, or that, once online, it can be almost impossible for content to be removed.
Parents can help their children protect their privacy by staying involved in their children’s online activities, and talking to them about the kinds of information that can be shared online. When opening an account with a social networking service ensure that the appropriate privacy settings are checked. Children also need to learn to respect other people’s privacy, and not post up pictures or other information without that person’s permission.
It is essential that children understand how important it is to ensure that they do not publish any information that will identify them. Children and young people should be taught not to give out their full name, address, phone number or other identifying information such as the name of their school as this type of information can be used by predators to identify who the child is and where they are.
Not giving out identifying information is key to protecting children against exploitation. There are a number of ways in which people may exploit children online. Some people will misuse information that a child gives them. For example, people may begin to send explicit or abusive messages or post photos of the child or young person on other websites.
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Manage YouTube Comments
If someone is making comments that you don't like on your videos or Channel, you can block them on YouTube. This means that they won't be able to comment on your stuff or send you private messages.
Choose whose updates you see in your stream
What if someone adds you to their circles, but you're not interested in interacting with them? If you don’t want to block them, you can mute them instead. If you mute a user, you will no longer receive notifications from them or their page.
Control the chatter about your videos
It’s easy to moderate the comments on your YouTube channel. You can choose to delete comments or to hold comments from certain people or with certain keywords from being published before you review them.