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One of the great things about being online is the ability to share videos and photos with your friends and seeing their response. Everything you post online combines to make your digital footprint. Remember that what you share with your friends may also be viewed by people you don’t know. And once it’s online, it could be there forever. So think before you post.

You can manage your digital footprint by:

  • Keeping your personal details private. Use a nickname instead of your real name and always ask your parents before giving out your name, address or phone number online.
  • Not sharing your username or password with anyone.
  • Thinking before you post. Once posted, it can be difficult to remove.
  • Not posting things that you don't want others to know about or that you wouldn’t say to their face.
  • Being respectful of other people’s content that you post or share. For example, a photo that your friend took is their property, not yours. You should post it online only if you have their permission.

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