Kids and Online Privacy

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Kids and Online Privacy - Internet safety advice from Trend Micro
Friday, October 8, 2010 - 10:00am


For today’s youth, striving for acceptance among peers means tending to an online persona as they do their real selves.  Divulging personal information online is necessary to stay connected to people online, partake in an online gaming community or find others who have similar likes or dislikes, there are also more practical reasons kids share as much as they do.

Impressing a college recruiter might include starting a blog, website, online cause, or amassing a following of any kind online (for almost any reason).  Finding a job sometimes requires uploading a resume to a job search site and reaching out online to companies or individuals that may lead them to employment.

But privacy in an online world requires us to teach kids about more than just resisting the need to share too much.  In the wake of the case of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide after his roommate broadcast over the Internet his intimate encounters via a hidden webcam, there is a renewed urgency in reminding and educating kids about not just one’s own privacy but that of another’s.  When we talk about online privacy to them, we need to help them understand how to maintain privacy, what to expect others to do with their privacy, and how to respect the privacy of others.

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To support our vision of making the world safe for exchanging digital information, Trend Micro aspires to make a difference by using our 20+ years of expertise in developing world-class security software for homes and businesses  to make the world at large a better place. One of the ways we do this is through a commitment to make the Internet a safer place for young people around the world.


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