Privacy on Social Media

Schmidt quotes:

"They grow up out of it and become fine, upstanding leaders," he said, but added that the current generation of teenagers could now be haunted by their youthful mistakes.

"We have never had a generation with a full photographic, digital record of what they did,"

From Pew:

  • Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past.
  • Teens are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information.
  • Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are "very" concerned.
  • Stats since last survey in 2006:

o   91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.

o   71% post their school name, up from 49%.

o   71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.

o   53% post their email address, up from 29%.

o   20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%.

o   16% automatically include location in their posts

  • 59% deleted something they previously posted
  • 19% post content they later regret sharing
  • 60% of teen Facebook users set their Facebook profiles to private (friends only), and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to manage their settings.

Why is this important?

  • Understand that once something is digitized, it's forever
  • More recruiters and employers are using social media to screen candidates
  • Search engines make it very easy to find information
  • What seems cool/fun now may not in 5 years
  • You can be associated (tagged) with information without your knowledge or approval
  • Even if information is "deleted" it may still be in a database and still searchable by Google, Bing, etc.

What can you do?:

  • Think long-term
  • Limit what is shared
  • Understand the permanence of digital information
  • Understand that these rules apply to ALL digital information (text, e-mail, sms, skype, chat, social media, video, etc).
  • Ensure that you have access to and check your kid's accounts

Final Thoughts:

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."  – Warren Buffet

"Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well." - Benjamin Franklin