Social media is can be a great way to connect with friends, but users need to use caution when allowing people to view personal information.
As a default, Facebook has all privacy settings turned off. However, you can decide whether to allow Everyone, Friends of Friends or just Friends to view your profile. There is also a custom setting for more advanced users.
The "Preview my Profile" button in the privacy section allows users to see how others view their profile.
As a rule of thumb, never post anything online you wouldn't want others to see. You never know when the information could get out.
It's also important to only allow people you trust to view your information. Sadly, some social networking has turned dangerous.
Earlier in June, Grand Rapids Police arrested Joshua Mitchell, 24, for three counts of criminal sexual misconduct for the repeatedly raping a seven-year-old boy over a 16 month period, starting in January of 2009.
Police said they were tipped off when a 15-year-old Iowa boy contacted officers when Mitchell admitted to him he molested the seven-year-old.
"There are predators out there and we have to be aware of it," said Lt. Ralph Mason, with the Grand Rapids Police Department. "This person is obviously a predator. He has given us some admissions to being attracted to young children and it's really frightening."
Mitchell is a registered sex offender after he was arrested as a teenager for molesting another boy.
Police recommend talking to children about the dangers of online predators and use caution when using social media websites.
Applications are another way someone could steal personal information. If you decide to use an application to play a free came, make sure it was produced by a reputable company.