Facebook announced today changes to its privacy settings, including an ability for 13- to 17 year-olds to share updates, comments, and photos with the general public -- leaving some concerned about the social media site's most vulnerable users.
Sacramento Family Psychologist Erin Ambrose uderstands that Facebook changed the settings in order to keep up with the competition, however she is discouraged that money is the reason for the policy changes.
"I'm disappointed that the dollar is driving what might be potentially dangerous for children," Ambrose said.
The new settings will go both ways, allowing incoming messages and chats from the general public, as well -- which Ambrose says is possibly the biggest danger.
"There are predators out there, and I think we need to help children understand that people aren't always who they say they are,"
So what can you do as a parent to help keep your children safe?
"Open up the conversation about responsible online lives. What it means to have a responsible online presence," Ambrose said.
Learn more about the new privacy settings for teens and what they could mean for your child.