Many of our senior parents use Facebook, and they are having great fun. However it’s important to help them understand the importance of carefully accepting friends. Seniors need to understand that strangers should never be accepted as electronic friends, and understanding the difference between “friends” and “friends of friends” is critical. The potential for privacy problems exists when a person interacts with unfamiliar social media friends. A good blog post to use is Real Friends Verses Social Media Friends.
Read Would You ‘Friend’ a Total Stranger by Bob Sullivan over at the MSNBC Red Tape Chronicles blog. The article discusses how males and females view the friending process differently and describes problems that can occur, especially the potential for stealing personal information, when we accept strangers as friends. The post also includes a link to a Mashable post, Facebook Privacy: 10 Settings Every User Needs to Know.