Year 7 – The Social Network emphasises Social Networking Issues
Habit of Mind Focus #3: Thinking Interdependently
Teenagers can’t win! They are told not to be sheep – be individual! BUT, if they are individual and don’t follow the same trends as others, they are called weird and all sorts of other nasty names. It’s OK to like watching Big Brother and listening to One Direction.. It’s also OK to dislike those things. It’s how you work as a team that counts. Different outlooks bring variety to teamwork and allow for better results. All the teenagers in the world are a team. Work together when using Social Media so that everyone gets along, everyone values everyone else’s input, and you all feel safe online.
You don’t own the internet. No one does. You are just a user and therefore you need to use it correctly. You have the right to be safe online. However, you also have the responsibility to act safely and correctly online as well. This movie explains it well.
Here are some quick tips to remember when immersing yourself into social networking for the first time.
Know the basics of safe social networking
- Limit your friend list – don’t friend randoms
- Protect your privacy – don’t share your password and set your profile to private
- Your personal details are valuable – don’t share them without a good reason
- Protect your reputation – remove flirty photos and nicknames
- Be careful who you trust – a person can pretend to be someone they are not
- Think before you post (tips taken from ACMA ‘Social Networking and Online Friends‘)
- Use common sense
- Be respectful of other members of the online community
- Enjoy yourself – if you are not having fun then why do it?
- Social Networking Sites are Considered Public Space
- Avoid Posting Anything You May Regret Later
- Remember Your Profile Page is Just Like a Resume (Tips taken from ASU ‘Student Rights and Responsibilities‘)
WOW. Where do you start with Facebook? Such a great way to keep in touch with friends and relatives. But that’s the problem, isn’t it. Who’s a friend? Let’s look at the definition from The Free Dictionary.com:
1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
Now if you apply that definition to a random person on Facebook who you have never met or seen in your life, and you can see that they are clearly not your friend. Would you let someone you’ve never met into your house? Your room? Play with your personal possessions? Read your diary? Share your secrets? Passwords? Know when you are at home or somewhere else other than home? Of course not. Then why let that happen on Facebook?!?
If you are going to use Facebook, which is totally your choice, you need to use it responsibly. You have options that make it safer to use than it is with default settings. This video shows what your public profile looks like and how to adjust privacy settings.
If you want to beef up your security, there are many features that Facebook offers to do this. The video below will help you do this. It was made by Facebook itself.
The video below is aimed at parents, but gives teens 3 tips about keeping your account as safe as possible.
Luke, Chapter 6, Verse 31
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Probably the most famous quote in the Bible, if not of all time, Luke 6:31 is sometimes known as the Golden Rule. It is pretty self-explanatory, but is relevant to both the physical and virtual worlds. When online, you need to remember that you are communicating with real people, who have emotions, doubts and feelings just like you.
- So, before you take part in a barrage of abuse as part of of group of people, stop to think how it affects the receiver.
- Before you send a nasty image of a classmate, stop to think of how it will impact on them, their parents, their siblings and you as a person.
- Before you post nasty comments about someone behind their back, remember that whatever you say or do can be kept FOREVER.
If you witness any inappropriate, derogatory or untruthful nastiness;
- Tell the perpetrators to stop
- Do not participate or respond
- Take screenshots of the messages
- Leave the session
- Contact the bullied person and tell that that you support them
- Tell an adult
The following movie really emphasises the effect of CyberBullying and how widespread it is (in the USA).
‘Why did you flame that new boy from your class?’
‘Because everyone else was doing it.’
We all have choices in life, no matter what pressure you may feel from your actual or online ‘friends’. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t make it right. It is easy to pretend to be someone else on social networks. Just get an image of another person, create a new email account, etc, etc. It is also easy to feel bullet-proof, untouchable or incredibly cool sitting in front of a computer and swearing, bullying or lying amongst others. However, there can be serious legal and social repercussions that arise from posting nasty, false or defamatory comments online.
Once your post something online, you can’t get it back.
Think about that …
Once your post something online …
… you can’t get it back.
Watch the videos below for simple examples.