The internet has opened up a whole new world of resources and information. It has also created an entire new social arena. While social networking sites allow us to communicate with others in a new way, there are risks. As usual, when social barriers are removed it can be easy to let down your guard. Despite what you might think, you really do not know the person on the other side of the computer. Use common sense and limit what you disclose. Never share your full name, social security number, phone number, address, or credit or bank account numbers. Also, think about the nature of the information you share.
Will you be comfortable with family members, future employers, or school admissions officials seeing the info and photos you are posting?
Information posted online should be considered permanent. The following are safety precautions to follow: