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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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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IdeaNerd May 19, 2007 - 9:46 pm

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.

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profv May 21, 2007 - 1:09 pm

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.

joshnunn May 23, 2007 - 1:54 am

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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