If you want your posts to be private, you must specify this when you setup your account or later by going back into settings and changing your settings to include only those specific people you select to view your post. It also states that your posts will be seen automatically by any of your followers whom you have chosen to follow and you may post through any device which allows access. Devices included are: SMS text messaging through smart phones or tablets, emails, API’s, applications, buttons, widgets, and apps.
Twitter allows you to tweak your settings to where you email address and phone/cell number are not available but this is a setting that is not there by default. You must select this setting in Twitter and disallow this information from being available to the public. For example, in the security settings, the default is to “allow location finding by email address.” You also have to have an email address listed in order to register, so you will have to go in and deliberately uncheck this in order for your email to be private in searches. The default for “find my location” though is set to unchecked, so this means that people may not find out where you or your child live, unless you check this box. It is strongly advised NOT to check this, if you have an under aged child using Twitter.
Kids sometimes use Twitter to harass other kids through social media and believe that they are immune from the law and can remain anonymous using social media platforms. Such is not the case, and the law can intervene when necessary. But it becomes a more difficult issue when it involves kids from the local school district who are tech savvy enough to know how to create fake identities or hide their identities altogether. Here are some tips parents can do to ensure that their child has the utmost Twitter security when using this platform so that you can deal with any issues quickly when they come up:
Keeping a watchful eye on the happenings of Twitter is just one way parents can help in the fight against bullying. Cyber bullying is at an all-time high, due to the increased ease of accessibility on such social media as Twitter and Facebook. Through a higher level of diligence on the part of schools and parents, we can combat this issue too. But it takes direct involvement and starts with knowing what is going on with your child’s online activity, what they have access to, and understanding the policies of the online platforms in which your child is engaged.