The Internet is a fabulous tool. Finding information with a couple of clicks, visiting all sorts of foreign locales without leaving the security of your chair and buying an assortment of items you once had to drive all over the city to get. It's amazing, I love it and I'm on it much more than I should be. It can become addictive, but that's a blog for another day.
What I've become more and more aware of are the dangers. Not just for hooking up to meet people and finding out they're nothing like they claimed to be or worse, they're looking to harm you, but also the information that you put out there. It seems everyday or almost everyday, some person, usually a teen or young adult, has posted something on one of the many social networking sites that to most people would be appalling. Nude or risque photos, odd, bizarre or vulgar things that will someday come back and bite them. Some may not care and will never regret it. Others will.
In this day of information sharing and technology at the speed of light, sometimes it seems our brains haven't caught up with the technology. What someone puts something out there for faceless strangers to see or read can seem innocent and innocuous. After all, you'll never meet most of these people, so why should you care? But if it stays with you for life and can be brought up at a moment's notice, how careful do you need to be?
What about you? Have you ever put something out there you wished you hadn't? Are you careful about what information you share or what you say? How do you know when you've gone too far?