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Most parents share photos of their children, especially their newborn, online. Some do it to simply share the growth of their children with relatives and friends who live far away. 

 

The mistake parents fail to see is that they have created an online presence for their child without their consent. The photos may be cute now but in 10 years, what will your child think of the photo that you shared of them crying? 

 

Think before you post 

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The social nature of the internet connects people who know each other and offers a way for people to make new friends. But not all these people have good intentions, and the dangers of unwanted contact are on the rise. 

 

What is unwanted contact? 

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Chatting online can forge new relationships and keep you in touch with your friends. There is a large online community of anonymous strangers and unfiltered, unmoderated discussions. You need to be aware of the potential risks of using chatrooms, and how to overcome them. Predators always take advantage of those who don’t know how to protect themselves. 

 

Be aware of the risks: 

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What kind of risk are you taking when adding strangers to your online account? How many people are on your social networking friend list? Do you really know every single one of them personally? Would you talk to them in person? Be careful who you trust online – a person could always pretend to be someone they are not. 

 

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Some people just find satisfaction by annoying or attacking others online. This activity is known as online trolling. 

 

What is Online Trolling? 
Trolling is when an Internet user is abusive or obnoxious by posting provocative comments in hopes of starting arguments or upsetting people in online communities. 

 

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File sharing involves using technology to share files that are located on computers. You can use peer-to-peer (P2P) applications to share music, movies and games, or cloud storage services such as Dropbox or Google Drive to share files. 

 

What is P2P? 
Peer-to-peer (or P2P) technology works by connecting individual computers directly to share files across the Internet. P2P networking is popular in homes as the software is usually free and gives people easy access to download many types of files. 

 

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