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Internet 101: Your Information is Infinitely Available


May 7, 2010

The Internet is a positive tool and common method of communication for teens, but many--especially teenage girls--remain vulnerable to predators due to a lack of understanding of what happens to their online communications, reports the Ottawa Citizen. "Young people today see the Internet as part of their lived space..." says Shaheen Shariff, associate professor of education at McGill University. "They do not understand that what they send is available to an infinite audience and the information can be permanently damaging to them." She and other experts are asking for a collaborative effort by parents and teachers to educate the teens in their lives about how they should use the Internet.
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