TEANECK, N.J., PRNewswire-iReach/ -- GettingSafer is one of the top providers of identity protection services in the United States. The company offers a comprehensive identity monitorsystem, which helps customers safeguard their most valuable information.

GettingSafer founders Richard and Mark Watson keep clients informed of the latest strategies for data security. Recent studies suggest an increase in cyberbullying among kids on social media, and there are many reports of young people accidentally compromising their personal identity and that of their parents online.

As the school year ends, kids and adolescents use social media channels more than usual to stay connected with their friends and classmates during the summer. Summer vacation provides a chance to make new friends, and social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, offer an avenue for instant communication.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports that more than 60 percent of American teenagers have one social media account. Some kids have several online profiles. While spending time online is a way to stay connected with friends, parents must be proactive about their children's safety on the Internet.

Unfortunately, many children become victims of identity theft, cyberbullying and inappropriate relationships. Many online dangers exist, and children are most vulnerable for criminals and sexual predators.

GettingSafer reveals four tips to keep your children safe on social media platforms and other interactive websites:

1. Privacy

On most social media sites, you can make your child's profile private by adjusting the account's privacy settings. You only want friends and family to see important dates, photos, personal information, geographic location and more. If your child's profile is available to public scrutiny, he or she becomes vulnerable to online predators.

2. Posting

Do not post personal details, including home addresses, school names, social security numbers and phone numbers, on social media sites. Parents must check their kids' profiles for any information that may put them at risk, and explain the importance of keeping private information offline.

3. Photos and Videos

Prohibit children from publishing content that may jeopardize their integrity or safety. While you can delete images or videos, you cannot forget the damage that uploading a regretful image does to your reputation. Far too many kids upload naked photos, or worse, and they send them to others who upload them online for everyone to see.

4. Passwords

Adults should teach children the value of using strong passwords to protect their accounts and information. Make sure your child uses a password that is impossible to guess and contains a mixture of numbers, capital and lowercase letters, and punctuation. Experts recommend changing passwords every three months.


GettingSafer is a leading company in safety and life protection founded by Lifeline author, Richard Watson. From Identity Theft Protection to Home Security, GettingSafer.com provides the service of safeguarding your personal information and everything that's important to you, resulting in a greater peace of mind. The firm offers a comprehensive membership program that delivers up-to-date information and advice from experts, allowing members to obtain the necessary knowledge to improve their security. Safety topics available to members include: Financial Matters, Home Safety, ID Theft Protection, Legal Information, Personal Data and more. GettingSafer is about helping you and your family stay safer. GettingSafer

Media Contact: Richard Watson, GettingSafer, 800.715.2250, rwatson@lifetimeguides.com

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