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Students use Internet blogs and social networking sites to express their views publicly but there are dangers about the amount of personal information they give out. Write an essay with a title for your school website. State one personal experience of thi

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Students use Internet blogs and social networking sites to express their views publicly but there are dangers about the amount of personal information they give out. Write an essay with a title for your school website. State one personal experience of this problem, what should be made public and remain private, and your views on the ways you can say what you think while protecting your own and other people's privacy. Sorry, This is My Space It was 11:30 when I logged on to Facebook -- business as usual. I ignored the pokes, the requests, the "invites", and went straight to my inbox. Imagine my surprise - 123 messages from unfamiliar logins: "Loud Mouth, Shut Up!" ...read more.

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You may not believe this, but many students told me they have had similar experiences. Think for a moment and this should not be surprising: On the internet, spamsters send you nonsense; vendors track your purchases; and strangers spread gossip. People can put clues about us together like a jigsaw puzzle. And in this day and age, news about you cyberspace gossip travelled at a minimum rate of 56,000 bits per second. With one single click you could be exposed and ridiculed . No one can deny the wonders of social networking sites. We can share photos, find long lost friends, and form new acquaintances. But we have to say a lot about ourselves to enjoy the sites' features. ...read more.

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If your profile looks just like Chris Wong's, Mary Chan's, or Peter Lee's, then you are probably safe. Of course, some of us are more outgoing than others, and they love to find friends among strangers. That said, a few rules of thumb will keep your personal info "pry-proof". First, never register with your name, or at least not a full name. Second: Leave out real names and places where possible. And finally, we should not say anything we may regret. Sure, we can hit the delete button after we have posted a comment, but the words will remain in our minds, and perhaps in someone's inbox as a saved or forwarded message. It's hard to take back what you have said after it has been heard. Remember: Your Facebook is like your flat. Visitors should knock before they enter, and only you decide whether they can come in! ...read more.

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