The Internet is a wonderful tool which puts the world and all its information at our fingertips. Much of this information has been available for a long time through public library access or other means. Indeed, many of these sites have been in operation for a number of years.
However, this ease of access is paving the way for massive growth in Internet-based crime such as identity theft and predators. Most of these sites also provide an opt-out feature for you to remove or manage what information is available, though it may take some clicking around to locate it. The Kentucky Center for School Safety has compiled information on a number of them and provides a Protecting Your Personal Information: Opt Out procedures flier.
Social networking websites and apps like Instagram and TikTok are popular with high school and college students. High levels of privacy need to be set to safeguard personal information.