1 in 4 young adults regret social media posts

Mashable reports that

Among younger adults aged 18 to 34, 29% said they have posted a photo, comment or other personal information they fear could compromise their current or future job prospects.

FindLaw, the organisation that carried out the survey on 1000 American adults suggests that

social-media users: Think before you post, check your privacy settings, limit your personal information and seek legal help if you think you’re ever wrongfully terminated. The survey did find that a sizeable 82% of young users “pay at least some attention to their privacy settings,” while only 6% leave the default settings as they are.


Read the whole report here.

A student’s take on selfies

Last week The Age and Sydney Morning Herald published an article by a year 11 student Olympia Nelson on the practice of teenage girls uploading sexy self portraits to social media. She explains:

If social media only caused narcissism, it wouldn’t be the worst thing. Instagram and Facebook are social networks that not only breed narcissistic tendencies but transform relations into a sexual rat race.

On these ubiquitous portals, the popularity of girls is hotly contested over one big deal: how sexy can I appear and bring it off with everyone’s admiration?

A common adult reaction to social media is to restrict things, as if that could ever be possible. You can’t force kids to be nice. The real problem isn’t something tangible like sexting or bullying, which adults focus on in patronising and unimaginative ways. The real problem relates to conformity. Kids are compelled to act the stereotype, because those who opt out commit themselves to social leprosy. Social media doesn’t need adult control. What we need is some good taste.

Read the whole article here.

How Gen Y feels about online privacy

Earlier this year, a group of gen y panelists shared their thoughts about online privacy. The six panelists explained how they now modify their online behaviour as

“We live in public.”

Darius was keenly aware that everything he shares on Twitter or other social media platforms is “out there,” which has made him extremely conscious about what he posts. “I would expect people to be more conscious,” he said.

“I have to filter myself,” Jordan said, explaining that she was concerned that some photos or check-ins she was tagged in on Facebook would send the wrong message to employers and colleagues.

Tess was shocked to find out that she curses more than 90 percent of other people on the social network, and the information has changed her behavior.

It’s great to see young adults in charge of their social media accounts, taking into account the fact that they will be judged by what they post.

Read the whole post here.

Child’s pictures being exploited on Instagram

Recently The Age and Sydney Morning Herald reported the worrying case of photos being posted to Instagram and then being repurposed:

Sarah (not her real name) learnt in April that fully clothed images of her daughter had been linked to role-playing accounts on the photo-sharing site, some of which contained sexual comments.

Yet her complaints to Instagram went unanswered for two days, until cyber safety consultant Susan McLean contacted the site on her behalf and the accounts were shut down.

Again, one of the issues is that once a photo is published online, it can be saved and/or manipulated by anyone who views it. Once the photo is out there in cyberspace, we no longer have control it. Read the whole the piece here.

How teenagers actually use the internet

Buzzfeed has a very brief post and a graphic about how teenagers are using social media.

They have also published a teenager’s view on the hot (and not so hot) social media sites as well as linking to survey results on the same topic.

In a nutshell, Facebook’s appeal seems to be waning for teenagers at least, while Instagram are Snapchat are hot.

Body image obsession due to social media blamed for school boys’ drug expulsions

Social media has taken some of the blame for the expulsion of two Brisbane school boys caught dealing steroids.

The school Principal explains:

“They’re teenage boys. They’ve got Instagram and they’ve got Facebook and all the girls are commenting.

“It’s a minefield and there’s a million different motivations for them to do it…. This incident, while serious, highlights the issues associated with body image for young men.”

The influence of social media on the lives of young adults is increasing. Read the whole story here.

Bullying and cyberbullying interactive learning modules for parents

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has developed online interactive learning modules for parents that focus on bullying and cyberbullying.

The bullying and cyberbullying module

developed in partnership with Andrew Fuller, (clinical psychologist and student wellbeing specialist), has been developed to help parents understand, recognise and manage bullying and cyberbullying behaviours.

The cybersafety and social media module

developed in partnership with Susan McLean (cybersafety expert), has been developed to help parents address standards of behaviour in the context of cybersafety and social media.

Two excellent resources for parents.

Essendon player suspended after posting photo on Instagram

Late last week Essendon football player Courtenay Dempsey was suspended for a game by his club after being caught out on the town, when he was supposed to be recovering from injury.

It was Dempsey’s own upload to Instagram that publicly outed him, resulting in the suspension.

While not condoning his behaviour, the message ‘think before you post ‘ should have been one Dempsey contemplated.

Instagram retreats over terms of service changes

During the last week of school last year, we posted about the worrying changes to Instagram’s terms and conditions. Fortunately,  as reported by The Telegraph, Instagram listened to the outcry from users and retreated:

“You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content,” said Mr Systrom.

“I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.”

However, Instagram still intends to forge ahead with paid content that may not be identified as advertising:

Instagram kept language which gave it the ability to place ads in conjunction with user content, and “that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such”. However Mr Systrom said that in future it would get communicate its advertising plans before actually introducing them.

You can read the whole Telegraph article here.