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Darien Youth Wary of Online Reputation

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien native Li-Hua Lin says that if she were ever caught on video acting like the woman who flipped out on a Metro-North train last week , she would probably move to a different country. She and other young people are aware that in the age of the cell-phone camera, any action they take can wind up on the Internet.

"When I'm not by myself I definitely feel that my privacy is less protected," said Lin, who just finished her freshman year at UConn . Though she and her friends don't often film videos with their phones, they take many pictures and upload them to Facebook. "Your behavior is something you always have to be aware of."

Darien High School senior Jordyn Keegan said, "When I saw that video I was reminded that anything I do can be recorded and broadcast. I mean, imagine how that woman feels now, seeing herself all over YouTube. The same could happen to any of us."

Fellow senior Lidia Calderon agreed that anybody could be filming anything at any time. "If I'm in a social setting I'm more aware of people who are on their cell phones," she said. The consequences of being filmed in such a situation would be terrible. "Teachers would get angry, parents, friends. People would judge me for sure."

Lin said that if she were caught on camera acting badly, she would feel that the person filming violated her privacy. "I would be really offended. I would try and find out who did it and warn them to stop."

Keegan said, "I don't even want to think what my parents would do if they caught me talking to someone like that."

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