#CyberFLASH: Canadian youth protect online reputations, but not their information


Canadian kids are prolific when it comes to surfing, texting, posting, and chatting online.

But how good are they at finding security loopholes deep in a smartphone operating system or the backend servers of major social media networks?

It’s clear that many young people take some steps to control who can see what they post, and more importantly, they do seem to care how other people see them, even as they post huge amounts of information about themselves – and others – on social media sites.

According to the results of a new survey conducted by Canadian non-profit organization MediaSmarts, most kids do use some kind of strategy to protect their privacy online: many know enough NOT to post their personal contact information online.

But lots of young people – 59% – would share their password for their social networking account, email account or cellphone.

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