I’ve been asked by young folk on several occasions how to go about asking parents about getting into BookTube. Although BookTube is a very fun place and is very fun to do, my main concern is safety. That’s why you can’t keep this a secret.
The following tips aren’t just for underaged folk. If you’re an adult, think about these things, too. I know that your internet presence is up to you and I know that with this week’s discussion about Kathleen Hale stalking a blogger, I at least wanted to scratch the surface of talking about some basics for online safety. I know we’ve been presented with extenuating circumstances in both the YouTube community and the book blogging community. It’s been rough.
Anyway, here are some tips with some help of my Twitter friends:
Tip #1: Tell your parents (or someone). Have at least one person who is a responsible adult know that you have an online presence, no matter big or small. It keeps you accountable for your actions and it gives you something to talk about with the ‘rents at the dinner table. Talk to them about what you should and shouldn’t do online.
— ghostori (@victoriiiamarie) October 22, 2014
Tip #2: Don’t give out your home address unless you are 100% certain that you’re talking to a representative from a publishing house that you trust. If you’re underage, let your parents see the messages you get for review requests. [libraryofsarah] On that same note, it would be a good idea to get a PO Box. I personally don’t have one because I only accept review requests from major publishers and publicists. Very rarely do I give my address to an author.
Tip #2.5: Don’t tell people the city/town you live in. I’ll tell people when I’m going to signings in Atlanta, but I never tell people what side of town I live in. If you film somewhere other than your house, don’t give out addresses or names of business. [katiegilmour13]
Make sure your background and clothes are free from school mascots, year books, and such.
@elizziebeth try to be as private as possible. Make sure there isnt anything in your background to give away personal info ie, yearbooks,etc
— Emily (@emilyxspeaks) October 22, 2014
Tip #3: Create a pseudonym or don’t use your last name.