To start with an obvious statement: there are a lot of people who use the internet. Billions. With so many people accessing the internet, there’s even…
To start with an obvious statement: there are a lot of people who use the internet. Billions. With so many people accessing the internet, there’s even more information that is being shared all of the time, intentionally or unintentionally. You’ve probably been told to be careful about what personal information you put on the internet, and you’ve probably read about or heard about the countless cases of people who have gotten themselves into bad situations from circumstances that arose from interactions on the internet.
Of course, the internet is an awesomely powerful thing, but, like Peter Parker’s uncle warned, “With great power comes great responsibility.” If you can ignore that unnecessary superhero reference, what I’m saying is that it’s good to be smart when sharing any kind of information about yourself on the internet – posting pictures, writing blogs, or adding personal facts about yourself on social networking sites. Consider that once you put something on the internet, it’s probably there for good, whether you can tell or not. Beyond just what you put on the internet, it’s a good idea to use caution when interacting with people you’ve never met in person. The web can act as a mask for people with bad intentions who will use it to appear harmless and friendly with misleading posts. Again, I’m sure you’ve heard too many stories about online predators and what can happen, so you probably know more than I need to say. You never know who’s on the other side of the screen and you can never be too careful when it comes to your personal privacy and safety on the internet.