Attorney general warns against Facebook dangers

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - You can learn all sorts of things by logging onto Facebook, from where people live to what they are doing or even thinking.

"Most people my age, 50 or older, they think a lot of privacy," Attorney General Jim Hood said. "But younger people don't seem to mind people knowing their business, which is fine, but there are dangers that go along with that."

Hood has teamed up with Facebook to educate both parents and children about Facebook safety and privacy. He said the most prevalent problem for teens on social media is bullying.

"No child escapes bullying now. You can be the most beautiful or captain of the football team, people will attack you on the internet," Hood said. "I'm just concerned in a few years, we are going to look back and see long term impact. Bullying in animals, lab tests show they have long term psychological impact."

That is one reason Hood stresses it is extremely important for parents to know about Facebook and keep up with what their children are doing on the website.

"If your child is depressed, something is going on, all you have to do is go to your child's Facebook. You will find out," Hood said.

Another big problem with social media is sextortion.

"They will find young girls and send them messages on Facebook that they have nude photographs of them and try to extort more pictures of them," Hood said.

Some programs even allow predators to control someone's computer camera without them knowing.

"As a parent, and young people have to work together to get through this new phenomenon of technology."

Watch AG Hood's video about Facebook:

Check out Facebook's own page about Facebook safety:

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