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KENT -- Ivory Byrd is starting his freshman year at Kent State University. He's well aware of the dangers of pictures and social media. That's why he turns off the GPS function on his camera phone.

"Bad people can find you," Ivory says.

Kent State journalism professor and social media expert Stefanie Moore says the metadata on pictures can help strangers find you. There are even websites that help lead the way.

"People are actually checking into their homes which is disturbing to me letting anyone know where you live, so I think we have to be a little more cautious about what we're sharing online," Moore says.

And young people are sharing way too much intimate information. 

"Sexting is an everyday occurance. Everyone does it," Ivory says.

But when those relationships fail or the couple fights, those pictures often become public on websites that cater to revenge.

"I can't even count on both my hands how many times I've seen naked pictures on Twitter of people that have just broken up or gotten in fights," Ivory says.

And options for removal are limited.

"Legally if these photos were taken with the understanding that they would not be shared with anyone else she probably does have the ability to bring an invasion of privacy claim,"

But it won't stop the pictures from being public and forever circulated on the internet. And the website is usually protected, too.

Bottom line: Those private pictures may last a lot longer than the relationship.
"If you take naked pictures you run the risk of them getting out," Ivory says.


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