Social Networking – Info Sharing

I just read a disturbing article where a guy posed as a woman on Facebook and enticed 31 boys to send him naked pictures and then threatened to blackmail them and release them to the high school if they didn’t perform sexual acts with him. He was able to get 7 boys between the ages of 15-17 to perform sexual acts with him.He was sentenced to 15 years. (Full story).

I cannot imagine what those families and those young boys were put through. But this just goes to show you that no one is who they say they are. When you are on Facebook, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT accept an invitation to connect with someone you don’t know or haven’t met. Also, be weary of the groups that you join.

For LinkedIn, it’s okay to connect with people that you have met once or twice or at a business function or party – that’s the reason it exists. But it goes without saying that you shouldn’t ever give out any personal information or share any photos.

I have a rule of thumb I follow: If you don’t want your mother to see it or read it, then don’t put it out there. That goes for email, video, pictures, and posts.

If you don’t want people spamming you then take your email address off of Facebook and don’t list it on LinkedIn. If you are going to write an email that you wouldn’t let your mother read, then think twice before sending it. If you are dumb enough to trust anyone with naked photos or videos of yourself then that’s your own fault. No one, and I repeat, NO ONE should be trusted with personal information like that unless you are an exhibitionist and don’t care if it gets out there.

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