Is Twitter safe for children to use?

Many parents wonder- is twitter safe for my child? Knowing how Twitter works and what you can do to help control your child's use and access can help answer the question - is Twitter safe?
Is Twitter Safe For Your Child to Use?
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Is Twitter safe for children to use?

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So let´s talk about twitter. Really fun social media platform, 140 characters or less, newsy bits of information or pieces about your life. People really enjoy it. You can follow people. People can follow you. You sort of feel like you are having a conversation with a small group of people. What a lot of people do not realize is the Library of Congress and National Archives felt like this could be a very important piece of Americana, this could be a piece of history being recorded. And so they cut a deal. Every single tweet since the inception of, even if you don´t see it anymore, is being stored in the National Archives and Library of Congress. And it will be searchable for anybody. So you want to think about that for a moment. You want to think about some of those tweets you might have done in the early days when you were experimenting and you were talking about different things on Twitter. I am taking a shower. I slept in late today. I don´t feel like going to work. Now, that is going to all be recorded for posterity and searchable, at very official, well-known institutions. So when you think about that, think about the fact that any time you do something on social media networks, it really could be stored as part of American history. And this could apply in the future to other social networks that become popular. So this is really important for you to pass this on to your kids. Digital really is forever. And it is going to be forever at the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

Many parents wonder- is twitter safe for my child? Knowing how Twitter works and what you can do to help control your child's use and access can help answer the question - is Twitter safe?

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Theresa Payton is a well-known and highly respected national authority on cybersecurity, e-crime and fraud mitigation, and technology implementation. She has over twenty years of advanced business and security technology expertise and leadership at the highest levels of government and in the financial services industry, including being the first woman to serve as Chief Information Officer at the White House.  She is a wife and mother to three fabulous and fun kids.  She is also the co-author of the newly released book Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online? and the founder of the S.A.F.E. Kids initiative - a classroom-based, digital safety program.

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