With all the amazing things that the Internet allows us to do, we now have to be more thoughtful about the way we use these new technologies. 'Digital citizenship' basically refers to your behaviors on the web and in digital communities.
For example, did you know Google saves every search you do to 'improve your experience'? Did you know that many social media platforms like Facebook collect and store your personal data and provide this to advertising companies? That way the advertisements that appear on your feed relate specifically to you, and what you have been looking at and searching previously! A little creepy huh?
Being aware of the facts is the first step to protecting your privacy. Here's just a few of them. It's always a good idea to check out the privacy settings on the sites you are logging into so you can protect your privacy. Here's a guide for Facebook Privacy Settings, and there are many more for Twitter, Instagram, Google accounts etc. Another tip is using a pseudonym (a fake name) on your accounts.
Have a look at the info on this page to understand how you can stay safe online and avoid any nasty situations.
Have you heard of a digital footprint? Everything you do on the internet is being saved and archived. It can be searched, shared and copied, and seen by everyone, even people you don't know. It is permanent - even if you delete posts or images, they leave a trace. Watch this video for some great advice about protecting your privacy and using social media safely.
Want more info? - check out Common Sense Media for heaps of great videos.
And watch this Triple J podcast from their Hack program about online privacy and social media.
"A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000" by Jessica Contrera in the Washington Post.
Read this news article about a recent art exhibition - of other people's Instragram photos.
"This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. As a part of the Frieze Art Fair in New York, Prince displayed giant screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos without warning or permission."
Are you or someone you know being cyber-bullied? Have a look at the websites provided above as a good start for help with this issue. There are lots of great places to go and people to talk to - there is help and you are not alone.
The websites below will also provide some good apps to download, information on what to do, and contact details of places that will help you. Also take a look at our Student Wellbeing page for more confidential and free help services.
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