Who is Reading Your Online Profile?

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Are you Facebook friends with at least one person who you don't know very well...or even at all? Odds are you just said yes.

Results from a new survey were announced at the National Teen Summit on Internet Safety, and 92 percent of 13 to 17 year old participants reported being social media friends with people who they barely know.

Even more risky, almost half of the teens said that their online profiles are open for everyone to see.

Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, states, "Too many teens still do not really understand the risks and too many teens are posting too much personal information."

You might never post a scandalous status update, but what happens if a friend writes something on your wall that could damage your rep? Not only could your teachers read it if you're not using privacy controls, but so could college recruiters and potential employers.
John Walsh, who moderated the Summit, explains, "It's the age-old problem of kids thinking they are invulnerable. It's not that they don't understand there can be consequences, it's that they believe it cannot happen to them."

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