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 customized 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.
Advice from our partners
An important concept young people need to grasp is that their personal information has value and belongs to them. Whether it’s to manage their reputation, stay safe, or protect themselves from invasive marketing practices, young people need to develop skills to manage their online privacy. Parents must teach their children the value of their personal information – starting when they first go online. Kids should be taught to only give out the minimum of information to be able to use a website. Parents should get into the habit of reading the privacy policies on their kids’ favourite sites to understand what will happen to any information that is solicited. When using social networking sites, young people should ensure their privacy settings are set so that only friends can see their content. Read more information on managing online privacy.
If asked to share and your parents aren’t aware, say no. That’s the simple rule kids need to adhere to while online. Children need to know that they must keep all personal information off the Internet – name, age, location, and photographs. Once that information is out there, there is no getting it back. Parents should ensure that their child knows to never share any sort of personal information and monitor their child’s Internet use. For more about the risks your child may face while online and strategies to keep them safe, visit www.kidsintheknow.ca and www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca.
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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 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.