For parents concerned about the safety of their traveling teens, here are five tips from the online site SafetyWeb (www.safetyweb.com/blog/spring-break-safety-tips).
DON’T OVER-SHARE DETAILS
To avoid unwanted attention, have your teens change privacy settings on sites like Facebook and refrain from posting
their exact locations.
TO POST OR NOT TO POST
Remind them that photos and videos live forever on the Web. An inappropriate picture can damage a reputation.
MONITOR SOCIAL CHANNELS
Check your teens’ status updates and posts while they are away. Contact them immediately if something is embarrassing and inappropriate.
CARRY A CELLPHONE
Make sure their phones are programmed with emergency numbers. For international travel, they should know the access codes and whom to call for help.
ENCOURAGE PHOTO SHARING
Ask your teens to share the fun by sending you photos by text or e-mail. This way you can enjoy their adventures while keeping track of their activities.