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Zoe E Breen Zoe E Breen | 12:03 UK time, Thursday, 9 February 2012

Answered by our panel of experts:

If you are parent and are worried about your teen or child over-sharing online, contact the Share Take Care: Ask an expert page where you can put a question to our panel.

The fact is what goes online has a high probability of staying online so it is really important to be aware of your child's digital footprint which is built up whenever your child puts something online, posts something about themselves or registers on a website.

Things that feel funny to a 12 year old are likely to seem much less funny once they reach 21. Most social networking sites will provide privacy settings so it's important to check that the correct settings in place for whatever sites your child is using.

It's a tough one for parents to control but the best thing you can do is to talk to your children and encourage them to think before they post. This doesn't just apply to their own information, but to their friend's information as well.

When it comes to sharing personal data like home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses they should check with you first before sharing these details.

If you are a parent and are worried about your teen or child over-sharing online visit the Share Take Care: Ask an expert page to read the advice our panel of experts gave other parents.

Visit the Share Take Care website for more information on help and support for parents.

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