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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 growth of social media has made privacy increasingly vulnerable as we upload personal details (whether knowingly or unknowingly), thereby allowing others to see into our lives. Personal information is valuable and should be kept private. By maintaining privacy, you are reducing the risk of having your identity stolen.  

 

How to make your account private 

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Anyone who is connected to the internet, and especially those who have online accounts such as social networking or email, could get compromised or ‘hacked’.  The faster you respond to a successful attack, the faster you can minimize the damage. 

 

How does an attacker get your password? 

  • From ‘phishing’ sites where you unintentionally gave your credentials 
  • From infected free software that you have installed on your computer 
  • Your online security is weak 
  • Your password is easy to guess 

 

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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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