Heads Up: Stop. Think. Click. | Federal Trade Commission

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When you're online, take a second to stop and think before you click.

We spend a lot of our lives online. We text. We play games. We share photos and video.

And as we do these things, it’s easy to get caught up and not think before we post or click.

It can be easy to over-share, and embarrass yourself, or someone else.

So no matter how fast your fingers fly on a keyboard or cell phone, the best tool you have to avoid risk – is your brain.

So when you’re ready to send a text, or post a picture or Stop and think.

Do you want a message or photo you posted to show up years from now, when you apply for college or a job?

While a video or picture may be funny to you, how will other people feel about it?

Being online is part of your life.

So, take a second. Stop and think before you click.

The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.

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