Facebook Scams Focus on “Adult” Content

There’s bad news for parents out there who want to protect their children from “adult” content online that features nudity, sex acts, and other material that isn’t appropriate for kids. Recently a lot of people have reported spam emails that link to pornographic web sites. This makes it simple for kids to accidentally access sites that they shouldn’t see.

Of course, you can prevent your children from clicking these links by forbidding them from registering for Facebook memberships. With the ease of accessing Facebook from any computer or smart phone, though, it’s pretty much impossible to prevent kids from signing up for Facebook accounts if they really want to.

You might think that you can rely on your computer’s security settings to prevent the kids from following these links. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily so. Your web browser can’t block every adult site, especially if that site is specifically designed to circumvent those settings.

So, you can’t stop your kids from getting Facebook accounts and you can’t stop your browser from following links to adult sites. What are parents supposed to do?

You best option is to teach your kids about inappropriate websites. Warn them about the dangers of internet sites that deal in these subjects. These dangers include confused children and computer viruses that can report your personal information to hackers who want to steal your identity. It’s not an easy conversation to have, but it’s important that you let them know about adult sites before kids stumble on them accidentally without an adult to guide them.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on July 13, 2010.

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