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Too Much Information?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Google + are a few of the many social media platforms that have revolutionised the way we communicate. Not only can we share and arrange our weekend plans on these platforms but with the growing innovation of technology, you can have virtual chats with friends and family living overseas.

The world of Web 2.0 is a space that offers us the potential to dive into different cultures, thoughts and experiences at the click of a button, however, there are certain do’s and don’ts when it comes to what you and your children should be posting online and on social media platforms.

It’s important to be aware of what not to share online.Posting a light hearted status about your past weekend, the movie you just watched or your favourite food, is perfect. But when is sharing information considered an over-share?

Firstly, you should never post any of your personal details including your cellphone details, email address or physical address. Even though these fields are often requested when opening a new online account, it is important to be savvy about the settings that allow others to view your social profile.

Remember that while the online world offers you an easy gateway into a range of different worlds, it is not a safe space like your home, rather, it is a space where information can be copied, shared and maybe even manipulated. Remember that cyber criminals and online predators may use any information they can get their hands on to try and trick you or even harm you. Posting personal details online makes cyber stalking that much easier for them. By using the privacy settings that are already in place on these platforms, you can make your profiles safer in a world where your friends and family are the only ones that know about your personal life and weekend plans.

Kids are going to post photos and personal information. At least they should be aware of the risks. At least they should use the privacy tools built into the sites to keep people they don’t know from accessing their information and their data. And at least moms and dads should learn about what they are doing” - Ernie Allen, President & CEO, National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.

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