Teens learn true dangers of cyberspace

Recently The Age published a report on what students are across in term of cybersafety. These include:

  • ‘stranger danger’
  • rejecting requests from randoms on Facebook

What they’re not across includes:

  • Google Images taking snapshots of any Facebook and/or Flickr photos that are not set to private
  • ramifications of sexting
  • implications of photo tagging

cybersafety tips

Location & Privacy: Why Flickr’s New Feature May Change Photo Sharing

Flickr, the online photo sharing website has recently changed its location and privacy policies. As the Mashable website explains:

Here’s why it matters: Fluffy the cat is being extra cute today. You snap a photo of Fluffy with your smartphone and share it on the web. The photo of Fluffy, depending on your default settings, could carry with it metadata that exposes your home address. Now you have a potential privacy kerfuffle on your hands.

Read how the changes affect you and your children and how you can protect yourself here.

A student’s guide to personal publishing

In today’s technological era, many of us publish information whether we actually know it or not. Posting to Facebook or Twitter, commenting on blog posts or uploading photos and videos to sites like Flickr and YouTube is as much publishing as writing regular blog posts.

A student’s guide to personal publishing sets out some excellent guidelines for children and young adults (and adults)  including:

  • Assume that everyone will see what you publish. You have little control over who might see what you publish.
  • Consider that people might use what you publish to make fun of you or cause you harm.
  • How might your worst enemy use what you published to make life miserable for you?
  • Do not publish inappropriate language or gestures. You don’t want people to judge you negatively when they see your work.
  • Do not publish something that you didn’t create. Use your own creativity to publish original content.
  • Involve your parents. Show them what you are creating, publishing and posting so they know they can trust that you will use good judgement.

For more information and tips, see the two page Student’s guide to personal publishing.