When it comes to social networking (Facebook or other networking sites), follow these safety tips from RCMP.
#1 Do your research. Carefully investigate any online social network you may want to join. Use only well known online services.
#4 Never expect absolute privacy! Create your account without providing any critical personal information. Do not provide valid critical information like: date of birth, full name, Social Insurance Number or address.
#5 Protect your account profile with the highest and most restrictive security setting.
#6 Build your profile. For each element of information you add, ask yourself this question: “Can a financial or sexual predator benefit from this information?”
#7 You control your online environment. Do not give strangers permission to view your profile.
#8 Protect your friends. Be careful of what you are posting on the Internet about them.
#9 Monitor your own page for personal information posted by friends in their messages. Also monitor your friends’ pages for your personal information. A simple comment or a photo may reveal your date of birth or give information that could be useful to predators.
Have fun but always remember, safety comes first.