Are kids too much of an open book on Facebook

Thank you to Christopher Sessums for sharing this video about Facebook. I'm going to share it with my students. (I also found it on youtube but the link above is another site.)

Again, educate students about their privacy. What they don't know may come back to haunt them.

Their privacy is a very valuable thing! It should be treated with care.

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3 thoughts on “Are kids too much of an open book on Facebook

  1. I enjoyed the video and I agree totally with you on informing students about privacy. I work with kids at an elementary school I often have to remind them that the world is bigger than they imagine and more dangerous than they’ve discovered.

    Zack aka

  2. I am curious. Your blog seems to depend on having a wide network. How did you build up this network, while still feeling a sense of security? I think once someone is established within any network (such as facebook or myface or their own blog) they feel more comfortable and then give out more information than they would have while establishing that network. So how have you balanced the amount of personal information posted about students, yourself, those in your network, with the security risks that this video points out? I wrestle with this whenever I enter a new electronic environment.

  3. I think the video is a little misleading. The section on the Terms of Service with the scary “You give us permission to do whatever we want with your info” excerpt missed the very last line of the paragraph:
    “You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”

    It’s responsible to remind kids that they should be mindful of what they put online, but an over-the-top scare video like this surely paints a paranoid picture that doesn’t help educators do a better job.

    My first reaction to this video was to head to my admin panel to ban facebook in my schools, but it’s reactions like that that stifle student’s access to creative resources on the web.

    Lets warn but not scare please.

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