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Limit personal information online - Robinson

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson, has appealed to Internet and social media users to protect their personal information in cyberspace.

He said they should limit the amount of information they post online in order to avoid fraud and personal injury.

He was addressing a forum held at the Terra Nova Hotel, St Andrew, last Friday, where the Office of the Children's Advocate announced that it will be publishing an Internet and social media guide for the protection of children during Child Month in May 2016.

The technology state minister, in endorsing the move, said children should be aware that danger exists on the Internet, and, as such, they must be alert at all times.

He noted that while there are "tremendous" economic and other benefits to be derived from operating in cyberspace, there are also risks.

Children, he said, should limit posting details about where they live or attend school "because it is easy for someone who may be a predator, who would be posing as somebody your age, to use that information to track you down and create harm".

He said they also need to be thoughtful about who gets their personal information, and how it is collected through computer applications and websites.