Teens' tweets can share too much info


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Updated: 3/05/2013 10:11 am Published: 3/04/2013 9:37 pm


On Saturday, Tulsa Police were called to the scene of a murder that has shaken many parents in Tulsa.

An 18-year-old high school student found stabbed to death. Police are still looking for Gabby Bledsoe’s killer, but the person who murdered her may not have had to try hard to find her.

Gabby tweeted in the hours before her death, “Have the house to myself everybody gone.”

 
Tulsa teens who spoke with FOX23 on Monday think they're getting the message about posting too much personal stuff on social media.
 
“If it's kind of personal about what I am doing or where I am going, I won't post it,”18-year-old Ashlynn Southern said.
 
Ashlynn must be the exception, not the rule.

When FOX23 reporter Adam Paluka searched "I'm home alone" on Twitter, he found thousands of tweets from what looked to be young teens all saying exactly that. Some of teens even had a feature enabled on Twitter that revealed their exact location.

 
That's a red flag for social media expert Melanie Nelson.
 
“You don't want people to know that your parents aren't around,” Nelson said.
 
Nelson says beyond not giving away your location when you tweet, you shouldn’t give someone all the pieces to your personal puzzle.
 
“If I really want to follow someone, I can kind of piece (clues about their life) together and get a feel for where they go to school, what time they get out, and what sports they're interested in, and where they hang out,” she said.
 
Nelson, who co-authored Facebook for Dummies, advises parents to check their children's social media and to be persistent when it comes to reminding them what they should and shouldn't post.
 
Teens said they know many parents will just stay silent.
 
“Parents understand the technology, some parents just aren't involved with their kids enough to know what's going on,” 19-year-old Keyona Satawake said.
 
Nelson said parents should drill into their children’s minds that when they post on social media they should avoid revealing the three “W”s. Those stand for who they are with, where they are going, and when they will be somewhere.


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Mayor Maynot - 3/5/2013 5:08 AM
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Isnt fb an irreconcilable ledger. Once it's there you can't delete it can you? Anyway my expertise stops at about the myspace level. And that's advancing into new mobile versions. I usually just use them to collect pictures taken by my phone.
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