Online Safety and Video Creation, Sharing, Chatting

May 10, 2012 3:00 PM ET

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By Lynette Owens

This is the 4th in our 10 for 10 weekly series of online safety and digital literacy tips.

Today, 37% of teens use video chat and close to 1/3 create and share videos online. While these numbers are on an upward trend, they are not that surprising.

There is no substitute for video. It’s the next best thing to connecting with someone far away.  And for aspiring film-makers, performers, and professional communicators, it’s a fantastic creative outlet that’s accessible to the masses thanks to the Internet and affordable cell phones with video-capture capability.

But as with any other mode of online communication and expression, it’s important to keep in mind that video chat or online video sharing happens in a public space.  Here are some things to keep in mind when guiding your kids about online video use.

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