Relationships & Communication Online- February
Top 10 reasons why You Should be Thinking About What you post online and how the effect it will have on your relationships
1. Everything you post becomes public and permanent.
The rule of the 3rd generation states that it takes nearly three generations to figure out how to safely harness and use new technologies and knowledge. Meanwhile, the technologies that enter into the world tend to burn the first two generations who suffer because they have not thought about or experienced the harmful repercussions. Consider the first few generations to harness fire and got burned, or the first few generations of NFL players that suffered through concussions before adequate head protection was used. You are the first generation of social media users and you may get burned in a different way...
2. You may want to be or do something someday
Some political experts theorize that many presidential candidates for the election of 2040 are actually losing the election today by things that they are saying, posting, or revealing online now. Opposition research groups are hired regularly to "trawl" the social media history of candidates and discredit them with their own posts, comments, and likes.
3. You may be victimizing your friends and loved ones
When you post pics they can tag your friends and loved ones thereby associating them with things they might not want to be. Colleges look online to see whether students are partying in school rather than studying when they consider admissions. Parents unknowingly post pictures of their kids or bits of information that others can use to steal their identity. The only thing worse than victimizing yourself is hurting someone you love.
4. You may be victimizing yourself
Many criminals report that they preyed on individuals that basically gave them information about themselves without knowing. This could be a thief who reads your Facebook post that you are on vacation in Florida, the hacker that steals your identity online because you have shared it freely, or the blackmailer that has been collecting unsavory images you thought you privately sent.
5. Creating evidence against yourself
We've all seen videos of the thoughtless criminals that lead authorities right to them but people don't realize that they are doing the same thing when they post or share videos of them doing illegal activities such as underage drinking, child pornography, drug abuse, pranking others, or bullying online.
6. Associating yourself with something you will regret later
This can happen to the best of us. Unfortunately, we just don't always have all the information in a timely manner. Think about what you "like", comment on, follow, or post in support of because all of these acts create an association between you and them. If you like a Facebook post that bullies someone, you become the bully. If you post things in support of a product that later turns out to be a scam it discredits you. If you exert your political opinions online you may have to defend them one day long after you have evolved on the subject. Putting out uninformed opinions gives people the opinion that you are uninformed.
7. Forming a online reputation that does not meet your standards
This could be as simple as posting so quickly that you misspell something or have poor grammar. It creates the notion that you are unintelligent or not thoughtful. The content that you post could also lead others to think that you are shallow, overly critical, misinformed, self-absorbed, insensitive, or addicted. What you put online should not be a race. Take your time and think through what you put out there.
8. Posting in an appropriate tone
When you post something online you should always consider the tone that you use in your word choice because, without the nonverbal communication, recipients may take your tone in a different direction than what you intended. This can be seen in emails and comments quite frequently. You can avoid creating digital drama by simply looking for ways to soften your tone. A hint would be to avoid all caps...
9. OverSharing or posting things that don't matter
While you may be fascinated by what you eat, nobody needs daily pictures of it or has the time to filter through your assortment of selfies. Consistently posting meaningless information or experiences is a quick way to get blocked or dropped as a friend.
10. Just come out and say it if it is what you mean
... Yep. People get annoyed by cryptic messages posted online. If it is important enough to make public and permanent you might as well just come out and say what you mean rather than force everyone to read between the lines and speculate as to your intentions.
Challenge- Above & Beyond
So, you think you have the makings of a good digital citizen? Take some time to review your friends list on the various media platforms in which you participate. Consider how well you know each and what type of information you may be sharing with them. It is fine to separate friends from acquaintances to pair down your lists to who really matters.
ISTE Standards for Students:
2a- Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
2b- Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.