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Oversharing On Social Media Could Cost Your Life, Warns Expert

Stressing the clear and present danger of sharing personal information on social media, educator and chief executive officer of AIM Educational Services, Nicole McLaren-Campbell, is urging young people to be more responsible Internet users.

She noted that real-time information sharing on social-media sites, especially when one's physical location is disclosed, presents a risk to their personal safety.

Addressing the hundreds of secondary students who gathered at the Karram Speid Auditorium at Merl Grove High School in St Andrew on Tuesday for Safer Internet Day 2018, an event organised by Flow Foundation, McLaren-Campbell reasoned that the emergence of live streaming on social media's most popular platforms could prove perilous if undertaken without proper awareness.

So many crimes have been committed, not only robberies but murders where the perpetrators knew where the victims were because of their social-media activity," she asserted.

"We must all be careful where we go live (live-stream) and how frequently, just so we don't expose our routine, as that's another area that can leave you vulnerable to being targeted. It is very unfortunate that this is the case, but the reality is that whatever we post, we must think worst-case scenario."

Read the full article online in The Gleaner.