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Rockford College forum provides online safety tips

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Giving out too much information while surfing the World Wide Web could cause a world of problems.

 "How Not To Be Stupid Online" is the first seminar of a spring forum series at Rockford College.  Tonight's seminar covered online topics like "sexting", Facebook postings and cyber bullying.   

 C. L. Lindsay, executive director and founder of Coalition for Student & Academic Rights says the best rule of thumb, be self-conscious when you click and type.

 "The funny thing is it can lead to the exact same trouble you can get into offline but people for some reason, don't put that together.  What I tell college students is, if you wouldn't do it offline, don't do it online.  So if you wouldn't bring beer into the workplace or into a classroom, don't post pictures online doing that kind of thing."

 A new app called Snapchat allows you to send a picture and control how long someone has access to the photo.  You can set it up to automatically delete your picture after 10 seconds.  Lindsay says, like most technology, be leery because there's probably a way around it.

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