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How do you stay safe as a girl on Tumblr?

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Staying safe on Tumblr requires utilizing the same basic online safety practices used on any other social network. These include exercising caution when sharing personal information or photographs, not providing location information and not downloading files of unknown origin.

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The Girl Scouts' online safety tips emphasize being aware of what information is being shared and with whom, avoiding malware, and taking control of location services and privacy settings. Location services are less of a safety threat on Tumblr, which does not offer these features. Privacy is more of a concern on Tumblr than on some social networks, because the site does not offer the ability to restrict content to certain users. All Tumblr posts are either fully public or fully private.

The National Crime Prevention Council stresses the dangers of posting personal photographs online and in meeting up with other users. Its recommendation is to limit the personal information shared online, to be aware of how photographs may be used or manipulated by anyone after they are posted online, and for girls to limit social networking contact to people they already know. The council also recommend that girls involve their parents in their online activities as an additional layer of safety.

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