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Does your teen know how to be smart online? Has s/he really ever really thought about how to recognize a fraudulent email or online scam circulating the Internet, the risks of "sexting," and the truth about cyberbullying? What should his/her privacy settings be, and how much should s/he reveal online? This presentation lays it all out -- as if Grandma were sharing her wisdom with you!
GrandmaKnows Best<br />When choosing what todo, say, post, send, & shareonline and on your cell phone, always remember Grandma’s advice and you pretty muchcan’t go wrong!<br />by<br />Lauren McSwain-Starrett<br />for<br />UNC-Greensboro’s“IT Is for Girls”Summer Workshop<br />June 23, 2011<br />
1. “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”<br />Be judicious in your posts.<br />(Here’s what not to do...)<br />
Don’t…<br />Make the mistake of airing all your personal laundry to all your friends on Facebook…<br />Then hope your Facebook friends forget the dirt and give you a job! Always keep it professional.<br />(Would you hire her to babysit your kid?)<br />
2. “Tuck in your shirt.” Or, “Pull up your drawers!”<br />Ask yourself: are the photos I haveposted—especially tagged with my name—putting the best “me” forward?<br />
3. “Think before you speak.” (Or post, or push send.)<br />Many kids today unwisely “sext...” But first,<br />consider<br />your photo fate.<br />You can’t retract what you<br />put out there...<br />
4. “Don’t cry wolf! ”<br />2010 Ikea gift card Facebook scam circulated like wildfire<br />Show you care: verify before you share.<br />
True or False?<br />Learn to recognize fraudulent phishing scam emails like these.<br />
5. “Turn your music down!”<br />Don’t contribute to allthe “noise,” and tune out others’ noise too.<br />Avoid filling up other people’s news feeds with silly app stories & quiz results.<br />“Block,” “Hide,” and “Report” are there for a reason. Use them!<br />
<ul><li>If you’re not all that concerned about privacy settings on Facebook, just consider how the defaults have shifted over time: The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook
Very little is private by default anymore – you have to take action to protect your information.</li></ul>Don’t Care Much about Privacy?<br />
7. “Whatever happened to a good, old-fashioned...? ”<br />Plain old talking on the phone orgetting together in person<br />are sometimes still best.<br />
Facebook & texting can be an easy out.<br />The anonymity and seemingly fleeting nature of texting and the Internet sometimes foster online cruelty.<br />Don’t participate in online bullying.<br />Report (and document) if it happens to you!<br />Remember, a paper trail is indisputable proof!<br />Cyberbullying<br />
8. “Don’t talk to strangers.”<br />Yep. Just like in the real world.<br />Reject “friend” requests from strangers.You must know them in real life!<br />Tread carefully with people & companies who initiate contact with you first (rather than you initiating contact with them).<br />
Do they really need to know…?<br />Just because Facebook provides the space to fill in all this contact info, you don’t have to fill it! In fact, you probably shouldn’t.<br />For example: There’s no reason to post your residence hall and room number. People who need to know this info (your family, your close friends) already know it!<br />
Grandma Really Does Know Best!<br />If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all!<br />Tuck in your shirt.<br />Think before you speak.<br />Don’t cry wolf!<br />Turn your music down.<br />Eat your vegetables, they’re good for you!<br />Whatever happened to a good, old-fashioned…?<br />Don’t talk to strangers.<br />
Things Grandma Wants You to Do…<br />1. Adjust your “master privacy control” on Facebook so most of what you share is visible only to friends, not everyone. You have to “customize settings” to do this.<br />2. Take the Phishing IQ Test so you know you can recognize fraudulent emails. Protect yourself and your loved ones from scams!<br />
Err on the side of caution when deciding whether to post something.Employers, schools, and the authorities are using social media more & more to check out candidates (& investigate crimes).II. Honor thy friends and relatives by posting carefully.Socialnetworking sites sometimesturn everyone into 10th graders...being snarky and snide. Don’t do it! Mind your manners online – a faux pas online is still a faux pas, and you can still stick your foot in your mouth – except online, it has more staying power.
I. Remember your profile page, to keep it holy.Your reputation and identity are some of the most valuable things you have; so don't just give them away. Make sure that whatever people find when they search for you helps, not hurts, your image. Keep your information up-to-date, apropos, and your profile active to best represent yourself.
VII. Thou shalt use caution when posting online.Increasingly, companies are hiring and firing based on what people post. These days, an off-the-cuff remark meant to be innocent, like “Sometimes I just want to shoot so-and-so,” that’s posted in a public Facebook status update must be taken as a serious threat. People have lost jobs over less. Remember: fame is fleeting, but Google (and Facebook) are forever. (In fact, Facebook is now the #2 most-visited website in the world, behind – yes, you guessed it – Google.)
III. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.Be a good global neighbor. Warn people if you are hacked; don’t repost other people’s status updates; don’t retweet urban legends (without checking on their validity first), and don’t fall for (and share) those free gift card scams. Always verify the validity of something first, before you share it with all your friends!
IV. Thou shalt make thy stream useful & relevant.You’ve probably noticed how some people fill up your Facebook home page news feed or yourTwitter stream with garbage — just stupid Mafia Wars news and quiz results and other unproductive applications. This contributes to the "noise" when you log on, and a general sense that people have that social media tools aren’t useful. Social media IS useful, but playing games on Facebookall day (or sending out links to porn sites on Twitter) isn’t – that's just noise. If you don't provide something valuable or at least something nonoffensive, people will un-friend or un-follow you. When your personal preferences start to become a distraction to others, people will tune you out.
VI. Thou shalt still talk in person when appropriate.Social media interaction isn't always a substitute for other communication. Remember to be engaged in the moment and be sure you share the big news with the important people in your life OFFline.
VIII. Thou shalt not put thyself or thy loved ones in danger.If someone “friends” you that you don’t know, don’t accept. Beware of new technologies like Chatroulette, which lets you videochat with complete strangers. Researchers have found about 1 in 5 connections via Chatroulette are with individuals doing pornographic acts.