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Monday, February 4, 2013

Day 1 - CHARACTER


This post written by Dana Nelson, Founding Member and Board of Directors Member of the National Social Media Club.

You’re finally old enough and or your parents let you have a Facebook account. Now you face the biggest challenge of your character. This challenge before you has the potential to haunt you for years to come. But it's more than you being wise enough to post responsibly. Even kids who think they are being good online are at risk.

Everything online stays online; even if you erase it.

What you say and what is said about you can impact you in so many ways, not just the "bad" stuff. Online there are digital predators who take information that seems harmless and can infer information about you. That alone can put you at risk.

But let’s face it; you have a phone, Internet access and a need to be connected to your friends and peers.  What you do with that camera, can make or break your future.

“But I’m gonna clean it up before I go get a job.”

Yes you should do that. You should also Google yourself. Those pictures you erased might still be out there for years to come, with your name attached to it.

“I have good grades; my Facebook won’t affect me getting into college.”

I know of a student who lost a full ride scholarship because of a 30 second YouTube video he did in middle school. 30 seconds. That’s all it took to break him.

“I have my privacy settings locked down.”

Even so Facebook is notorious for changing privacy. One day you’re locked down the next your photos are available for others to use in ads. (← that really happened!)   Nothing is stopping your friends from saving the photos and information you post in a stupid moment and using them against you.

Need more?

Listen, I know it’s not fun to think about growing up and being serious, but this is serious. It’s serious now, and it will be serious later. I have a client who came to me last year. He had a friend in high school who got mad at him. That friend made a website about this gentleman. Now if you search his name, you get this website with photos saved from old Facebook pictures. I know that doesn’t seem fair, but life isn’t fair.

Do more

At the same time, you can use your digital footprint for good. Post pics of you helping at the Tri-State Food Bank, or raising money for a fellow student with cancer. Help share information about community or school events.

So what could you do? How can you take your social media and use it for good?

Be creative and share your ideas here to inspire others. Then, go do it. You can make a difference.


276 comments:

  1. I think this is very important to remember because when I go on facebook I see a post about going to the bar and stuff like that and that can really affect you. So remember if your gonna get a job deactivate your facebook or just take off bad post and or pictures.

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    1. Morgan - It is important to remember that even if you deactivate your Facebook pictures and other things you post can still be out there on the Internet. All it takes is someone copying your photos and reposting them. A simple right click and anyone can own your pictures.

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  2. I think that this is a good idea to make sure kids a re thinking about the future. Twitter has been hacked and I think that it is cruel that people hack you.

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  3. This is so very important to realize that social media is not just "me and my friends". Twitter was hacked this weekend which shows how vulnerable we are when we use these sites. Before posting, always ask yourself, "Would I be proud if my future child saw this?"

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    1. Ms. Market - I LOVE your guiding question! Basically, do I want whatever I am about to post to possibly live forever?

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    2. I love your comment "Would I be proud if my future child saw this?" One thing I teach in my twitter classes is: Don't post or comment if....

      Your mother,
      Your child,
      Your boss,
      Your next customer, and
      Your competitor

      ....shouldn't see it.

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  4. Being on social network can be dangerous, but only if you make it that way. If you don't put stuff out there that might offend or hurt you or someone else,then it is okay to have a profile on the internet.I make sure to go through my acounts and make sure nothing bad is out there.

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  5. I think that this is very important because you have kids or teens underage posting pictures on the internet of them drinking or smoking. Plus you have some kids posting bad statuses and its not getting them into colleges or getting jobs. It also will affect you in the near future.

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  6. That is so true, teens need to watch what they post and comment on. Teens post and comment on stuff as the same stuff as their friends, because they are trying to fit in.

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  7. Its important to watch what you say on the internet because it can always be traced back to you. If you want a job be sure to deactivate all of your social networking accounts or erase your pictures. Don't give out personal information somebody might stalk you.

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    1. Sequoia - Remember that even though you deactivate your social networks what you have posted can still be retrieved. All it takes for someone to copy your pictures is a right-click. They can then repost them and if they're tagged to you they'll still show even if you deactivate your account. Take Ms. Market's advice above - think before you post!

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  8. it is very wrong to mess with the ways of the internet and its uses.

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    1. Jacob - Elaborate on what you mean... What are "the ways of the Internet..."

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  9. Face book can be a very bad thing and no it's not getting kids anywhere in life.There are kids that will take advantage of face book and the internet , but there are some kids who are responsible and won't take advantage of it.Some kids won't be getting into college at all because of what they post on the internet or facebook of them drinking, but the kids who use the internet for good things are most likely to get into a college.

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    1. Joshua,
      It can be bad, but it can be good. How could you use it for good?

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  10. You need to watch what you say on the internet because whatever you say can be used against you. So you need to think before you post.

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    1. Love the "Think before you post." I want to add, think before someone else takes your pic! If you'r being silly and your buddy snaps it on his cell and posts to his wall, not much you can do about it!

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  11. The internet should only be used for its only purpose.....to look up things and be social not to show rudness or hack....... its to be nice :)

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    1. I really wish we lived in a world like that. Jacob, truth is people are rude, and they hack. How can yo be part of the change? Make a difference using your digital / social accounts?

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  12. This is a great conversation. I try to be very thoughtful about what I post on social media and blogs. It's not just about extreme behaviors that might follow me later. It can also be about how I present myself to others. The way I speak and behave online shapes the opinion others have of me. If I say something mean or snarky in a comment, then others may think that's the way I am all of the time. My rule is if I wouldn't act a certain way in public where I don't know everybody, then I don't act that way online. It's actually easier to filter myself online than it is to do so "live." At least on line, I have to hit Enter before I say something or share something. I use that moment before I publish something to consider whether or not I might prefer to keep my thoughts to myself.

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    1. I follow you on other social networks and have to say, you do a good job at this. Thank you for being a good example. :)

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  13. Tim - Great thoughts! It is REALLY easy to say things online that we wouldn't say face-to-face. And that comment, when made through social media, can have rippling effects. It is always best to stop and calm down before posting something or sending an email!

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  14. what you put online goes right back to you. Sometimes can hurt for you get a job that pay real good money.Boss look at your email to see if you have any thing bad and they will friend you on your email. So watch what do online because you never know if there eyes watch.

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    1. Katelynn - You are exactly right. I was at a conference just the other day and we were talking about how many employers search Facebook and Twitter before they hire someone. They want to make sure that the image you have created online matches the image they want for their company.

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    2. Katelynn, You made me think of another topic related to this. Social media makes it so easy to surround yourself with people who you don't really know. Just because they are your friends on facebook, doesn't really mean they are your friends. Because of that, it is extra important to be thoughtful about what you say and do online. The people who say they are your friends online may not act very friendly in the end. Lately, I've been thinking a lot more about who I'm connected to online. If I see one of my facebook friends acting in a way that I wouldn't want my real friends to act, I unfriend them because I don't want their behavior reflecting badly on me.

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    3. Also another social media topic. The xbox 360 allows you to meet other people online. Most are other people who are bad. You know robbers, kidnappers, rapists.
      Some mics allow you to change you voice and one of the bad people can tell you that he lives in that area and drive their and do something you to you! Their are privacy settings on the xbox were you can't talk to people who aren't your friends, but still you can make them your friend. Once on the news (in new york) a kid met a guy on the xbox and decided to meet him. The next day he was gone.

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    4. John - good contribution! Vigilance online has to extend to every connected device. Never give out personal information online. And while I'm sure not everyone online is "bad," thinking that everyone you meet online could be is probably not a bad idea.

      As teenagers you should never meet in person people you have met online. If someone want to meet you, or is posting/saying inappropriate or uncomfortable things toward you, make your parents or a trusted adult aware IMMEDIATELY!

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    5. Your right bill not everyone is bad, you can have friends online but I would say not to let them in front of your friends don't talk to them more then your friends. Please tell my problems with my grammar if they are wrong. thanks. ☺

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    6. Tim I just read your reply, I think I might start doing just that. I have some that also do bad stuff. Honestly we all might do it every once and while. Be honest you have. To me it is only if it is major like expelled or suspension major. Thanks for the good posts this will help me on facebook and watching my posts :)

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  15. I was at a conference last week and in one of the sessions we were discussing this topic. A teacher from another state shared that one of her students was getting ready to graduate on a full-ride athletic scholarship. Close to the end of the year the individual posted pictures of himself partying believing that he had his privacy all set so only his friends could see them.

    One of his friends was tagged in the picture and so the image also went on his activity feed. This friend was less careful about privacy and had friended the university where our original student had a full-ride scholarship. The university saw the post, and just days before graduation pulled the student's scholarship and left him facing a bill for full tuition.

    All from one picture... True story....

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  16. This reflects on everything you do. You post something about someone, or something someone cares about and a argument or fight starts digitally, or physically. Facebook is the source of all arguments, fights, and job losing disasters. Facebook is a bad, but at the same time good. As the article says, you can put good photos of you or other people up. Some people just put bad stuff up, some good. Its not the computer that puts them up, its the person. Here is what I say, don't got something good to say then don't say it

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    1. John, you are exactly right... It is not the computer who puts things up it is the person! Every person has the opportunity to choose what their digital presence will look like. Will it be full of complaining and anger, or will it show you as a caring, intelligent individual. Your choice, based on what you post!

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  17. I don't have a Facebook, but I have heard of many teachers that have got into trouble for posting inappropriate pictures and videos onto Facebook. I do have other social media accounts and my mom and dad have access to them so that they can see what I am doing. My parents are very involved with my accounts and would never let me post anything bad. I'm glad they care so much because I would never want any of that to happen to me.

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    1. Brittany, You must have very wise and caring parents! Remember that your actions online can be a positive influence for your peers as well. Just as your parents look after you online, you can help your friends understand the importance of what they post online as well! Thanks for posting!

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  18. You could have you parent check your photos and posts before posting them . Because you don't want to be in trouble by the police . Because one day you will not be able to get a job .

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    1. Chaney, I would say while your are learning how to distinguish, asking a parent, would be good. But I would say if your parent says no, then ask why (and not in a whiny way.) so you can learn to be independent and make your own decisions. That kind of the point of this series: getting you to be good digital citizens.

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  19. This reflects on how you are in real life considering this is actually you putting the comments or pictures on the internet

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    1. alpharedblade - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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  20. I have a facebook and I know that what I put on it now will affect me in the future. There have been many cases where people have been declined jobs for what they put on their facebook. Think before you post, because it could affect you in the future.

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    1. Holly - Have you thought about how what your online friends post could effect you? What if one of your friends posted inappropriate pictures and someone see them on your wall? Does this reflect on you? How would handle that?

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  21. Even though I don't have a Facebook, I do know what people do on it and can tell you what to do to avoid future problems. I do know that common sense is needed if you have an account. You would not put something stupid on Facebook for everyone to see. You need to think to yourself, Would I want my future boss or one of my family members to see this? If you ask yourself these questions you could avoid trouble in the near future. Jobs today look at your Facebook and will not hire you if they find bad things on your account. Everyone needs to use their common sense and if they do, it could help them.

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    1. Hannah - Same questions as for Holly above... - Have you thought about how what your online friends post could effect you? What if one of your friends posted inappropriate pictures and someone see them on your wall? Does this reflect on you? How would handle that?

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  22. All you have to do is not post anything bad in the first place. By staying clean you will have the chance for things that you would not get if you were posting bad things or videos. People will think of you as a better person if they know you don't do those bad things.

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    1. I think you have to monitor what others are saying about you as well. I know of a person who had some bad photos posted, but they were not her, they were photoshopped. People can be mean.

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  23. I think Facebook is good and bad. Its good because you can talk to your friends. Its bad because people can hack you and make you say something you didn't and get you in trouble.

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    1. Ryan - good point! Everyone should make sure that they have very secure passwords for all of their social media sites and that they logout when finished using them. These little things can go a long way toward preventing your accounts from being hacked.

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    1. jpark3817 - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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    2. Sorry, I just found that out so I resubmitted it.

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  25. I think as long as you do not post anything inappropriate, Facebook is ok. I do not use my Facebook anymore just in case. I think people that post bad pictures and wrong posts do not care about their future.

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    1. Jimmy - Do you find that sometimes peer pressure leads people to post things that they might not otherwise post?

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  26. Facebook , I think is a great way to be social. But it could also ruin your life. Humiliation Is probably the number one thing i see on Facebook. Videos of other kids doing stupid things. When they post it on there or a friend does , there life could be ruined. It might be funny when there doing it , but it isn't funny when almost two million people are basically laughing , and cyber bullying you! So the next time you post something on facebook thinking it may make you famous . Although , It's in a BAD way

    Sincerely- Ashton Schierbaum

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    1. Ashton - Very insightful! It is important to know that in today's world cameras are everywhere, and everything we do could get posted online. Now, that doesn't mean we can't have fun, it just forces us to be more aware of what we are doing and saying. It also means that we have a responsibility to others when we post online. We should all think about this when we share someone else's likeness online.

      Thanks for sharing this. We will talk about the important topic of cyberbullying later in the week but it is important in this dialogue as well!

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  27. There are billions of types of media in our world today. Yet, not every site is safe. Anything you post on Facebook and Twitter could come back and hurt you in the future. Even if you delete it, it is still out there. Things that you post can never go away. Never. So before you post something, think about it! Just take the time and think, because one little thing back then, could come back and hurt you.

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  28. Facebook is never private, there isn't many ways to keep it private either. No kid should have a Facebook, there are other ways to keep in touch with friends. Facebook should only be for adults. A lot of kids think that nothing is going to happen and that they can deal with the stress and hate, but they can't. It's too, much to handle, middle school students have enough to handle.

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  29. There are millions of social media sites nowadays, but none of them are totally lenient of holding any personal information. Personally, I don't use Facebook or Twitter, but I'm glad I don't. So many people are hacking accounts, copying pictures, and being a nuisance to your profile. Like most of you have probably heard from your parents, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.' Well, think of that quote as in posting something: If your picture is abusive or hurting someone, don't post it. Lift others up, and stay clear of any drama that you may cause.

    Last summer my mother ran a summer camp for kids. She had many problems with her employees and what they did outside of this job. During the summer we all became very close, and still wanted to stay connected with each other after summer. I, as well as my mother, 'followed' some of her counselors from the previous year. About a month ago I was scrolling through this site and saw a picture of these two ladies having shots with there friends. My mother saw it also. As you all know, the legal drinking age is 21. But, these teenagers were only 19. They shouldn't of posted that picture, especially where anyone could view it, including police men. They could of easily been arrested because of under-age drinking.

    A week ago these young teenagers contacted my mother about a job opportunity back at camp this summer. My mother was not impressed with them, and told them that they were not going to be welcomed back. That one picture, whether meant for us to see or not, affected there job.

    Many updated social sites are very harmful to young teenagers, and adults as well. So, be careful what you post, and don't take anything for granted on the Internet.

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    1. Brooke - I love your comment "Lift others up." How great would it be if everyone treated not just social media but everything in life in this way! A great dream to live in to.

      Your story serves to demonstrate again that what we mean for only our friends to see can be seen by a much larger audience, and can really have big consequences later on down the road.

      Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Facebook can be a good thing or bad thing its the way that the person uses it. If you use it to post pictures of you doing drugs or drinking under the age limit then no its not a good thing. If you use it to talk to friends its a good thing. If you have Facebook don't hack people do the right thing and talk to friends :D

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    1. Josh - You hit on the major theme emerging here - do the right thing! Remember, though, that what your friends do also impacts on your online image. Be sure that what they post reflects well on you as well. See Tim Wilhelmus's post above.

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  31. Social media networks like Facebook or Twitter can be a good thing or a bad thing. I personally don't have either even though people say stuff like it is a good thing, don't worry about it there is a one and a billion chances anything will happen to you.
    Yes, but you could be the one in a billion. You could be the one that gets hacked, or gets tracked. How would you feel in twenty years of that big boss for this amazing career researches you on Facebook and finds a picture from when you were 15 and you took a picture of something you knew you weren't suppose to but did anyway. Then the boss gets back with you and that one picture ruined it all for you.
    You know you shouldn't so DON'T. You can protect yourself by doing this.

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    1. Nate F - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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  32. If you have a facbook account then you should never be mean or try to say harmful things. Facebook is something I don't have and I'm perfectly fine with that so that way I don't have to deal with it! You should always try to do the best thing in life. =)

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    1. Kennedy521 - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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  33. I think that if you are responsible on facebook or twitter it would be ok to have one. I actually do have one and I think that it is a way to connect with friends that I havent seen in a while or to find out when something is happening. I choose not to post lots of picture because one I dont take good pictures and two because people could hack my facebook or one of my friends facebook and get lots of information from just a picture.

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  34. i think this is great advice for the internet. The internet is a dangerous thing so be careful of what you put down.

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  35. Facebook is a great social network that you can use to chat on and share what happens in your daily life. But sadly, there are some people on Facebook who are rude and don't follow Facebook's policy. And I heard that accounts on Facebook have been getting hacked and deleted by a group of people and a super computer. The same thing is also happening to Instagram. I myself have been hacked on both websites. In a lot of ways, Facebook is dangerous. You have to enter in MORE personal info to keep your account secure. Which I don't get, at all. But to be honest if I had the opportunity to make an FB account, I'd jump at the chance. Mostly because the website is popular and most of my friends are on it.

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  36. Facebook is a great way to catch up with friends, but people post too, many hateful and disrespectful things. Facebook is a privilege, if you abuse it your parents or whoever takes care of you, should shut it down. When it comes to social media you have to be careful.

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  37. What if you said something bad about your future boss when you are kids on Facebook. They could remember what you said and that could make it where you don't get the job. Facebook is also a way some kids cyber-bully. It would be easier for people if they just waited until they are old enough to tell the truth.

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  38. I don't like Facebook because you could be having a nice talk with your friends and some body random could start making fun of you and your friends then you get in a fight and it could effect your job because your boss could see what you said and you could say something that you didn't want to but the person your fighting with could have made you say it on accident and then you could get fired then you keep a grudge and then you could take it out on your friends then you lose your friends so that's what i think a bout Facebook that's also the reason why I don't have a Facebook.

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    1. And also you could be dating someone on Facebook but never meet them in person you don't know how old they really are they could be a 50 year old man you can't really trust them to tell how old you are they could have pictures of teens on there and then you think they are a teen but really the could be a perv

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  39. I think it is ok to have a facebook as long as your using it for the right reasons. Instead of getting involved with all the drama, use to contact a family you haven't seen or to check up on your old friends.

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    1. Hya, You make a great point! Social media networks are designed to share information. Focusing on positive dialogue and keeping friends and family up to date is a great use of social networking and it will help you stay away from the negative comments and "drama." Always remember to think before you click!

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  40. Facebook is amazing but there is too much cyberbullying and there are too many fight that is why i dont get on it every hour only every day and i love too meet new people but that is a good way too get hurt being on it at a young age and not knowing what your doing

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    1. Mariah - It is good to be wary of others online. We are going to talk about cyberbullying later this week. How can you help keep your circle positive? How can you make sure you stay safe while meeting new people?

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  41. I thing that facebook is bad for kids.But if you are an adult then you know that you only talk to your friends.Kids should not use it cause it starts drama and kids see how many friends they can get so if they see a friend request they accept it.

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    1. Connor, At what age do you think that it is appropriate for a person to begin using social networks? Are there any safeguards that they can put in place to help them learn appropriate use of those networks?

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    2. I would say it is around the age 25 or 26.Not talking to people you dont trust or know.

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  42. Facebook can be good and bad.The good reason is you can talk to your friends and show people your true self.The bad thing is that if you post something bad you cant take it back and that might offend someone.The one thing I don't like about Facebook is when people cuss or they make fun of people with diseases.It is really rude and they shouldn't say it because it will come back to haunt them.

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  43. I think social networking has a lifetime effect on a person. Your old friend could have taken some personal pictures or videos of you and then they got mad and they have the power to post that personal media and endanger you. It is just an uncomfortable thought of what can happen if you do something to make a friend unhappy.

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    1. Eduard - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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  44. I think facebook is ok because it helps people interact and communicate with others. It can have its cons because there can be alot of drama on facebook that can get you in trouble. There are alot of people that get in trouble that say bad stuff on their facebook account.

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    1. Noah - How do you keep your Facebook world drama free? What do you do when drama appears among your Facebook friends? Share your thoughts!

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  45. I think that facebook is bad for kids. Facebook is bad for kids because all it ever does is start drama between people. I have seen people get in trouble for having pictures and other inappropriate things on there facebook.

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    1. Jordan - There can be a lot of good that can come from being connected as well. How can you prevent drama online? How would you stay clear of the problems of having inappropriate things on your page? (Hint, this one's an easy answer!) :) Share your thoughts!

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  46. i agree with what they are saying,you have to be responesable with what you put on line. some of the things you post can come back and haunt you in later years. so yes be careful what you put online.

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  47. I feel that Facebook is a way to connect with people you normally don't get to see. I feel that if you are responsible and can be held liable for anything you do that it is okay. I do not know anyone with drama, however this is because I am sensible and don't hang around those people. Unfortunately people still do this and are not always able to help it. For the most part though, people are closer because of Facebook

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    1. Donald - What would you do if someone started drama on your wall? How do you keep your digital social world a positive place?

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  48. I think some peoples thoughts on Facebook should be kept to their self. I also think what people do in their free time should be kept themselves. I don't like logging in and see half naked people, drugs, and alcohol everyday. I also don't like listening to peoples drama all day on my news feed. When people post stuff I don't personally think is appropriate I block them.

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    1. Keenan - You write "I think some peoples thoughts on Facebook should be kept to their self." Everyone's opinion is welcomed and valued. Accepting this is important to positive digital experiences.

      I agree that I would not like logging in and viewing what you are describing. How can you get that stuff off of your page?

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  49. I think Facebook is okay, it just depends on what you post on it. People get on there and bully people, but the culprits just need to ignore it. But on the other hand people get on there to talk to like their family members that dont live close to them .

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  50. I think these are great guidelines to abide by. I try to follow these rules on everything I post. Too bad some people do not though.

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    1. Daniel - Be an advocate for good social media behavior. Share links like the one for this post on your social network to help teach others and show that it is important to you!

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  51. Facebook is the place that starts the most drama because people don't post responsibly. I would only add people you know wont start drama and post only things that are responsible.

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  52. I can take my social media and use it for good by making smart descisions, respecting others opinions, and doing the right thing. Just by thinking about these 3 things may be a major help in the future when you look to getting a job,getting scholarships to college, or even beening accepted in society. So think before you click that post or share button and be positive on social networking sites. That is how I will take my social media and use it for good.

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    1. Anthony - Good post! Thinking before we click the post button is REALLY important! SO is sharing the good that you do - if we all did that we might inspire others to do the same. Think what that would accomplish!

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  53. Day 1: Facebook can be for good and bad things. It helps you communicate with your family that you havn't seen in a while and it helps you share pictures and videos of things that can't be told to people. You should not be friends with people that you don't know and that you don't get along with. You shouldn't take pictures or videos of inappropriate things.

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    1. Kayla - good thoughts! A picture truly tells a thousand words. This is great when sharing a picture of your family at the holidays or your baby brother's first steps.

      The thing we must remember is that the person viewing the photo gets to choose the thousand words, not you. That picture of you at a party with a plastic cup in your hand might be seen as you drinking a Coke by those who know you, but, depending on the context of the picture, could be taken an entirely different way by a future employer.

      A lot to think about. A lot of responsibility.

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  54. I think that facebook is bad because when people hack your stuff and put bad stuff on it then i think its bad. I happened top me someone went on my facebook and said stuff to my sisters and my parents and they thought i did it. I didnt and i told them that and so i deleted it and made another one so yes facebook is bad i dont like it that much.

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    1. Tyresha - As I mentioned to a few others, make sure that you choose STRONG passwords for your social media accounts and always log out when you are finished. Deleting an account doesn't mean that what was posted is gone, it could still be lucking somewhere. Securing your account before it gets hacked is the best way to go! It is good that your parents are aware of what you are posting!

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  55. I think that you can use social media as a good thing in many ways. One way is to post the good and positive things. Why does everyone need to post all the bad and inappropriate pictures, or the negative comments? People should just use social media for good, not bad.

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  56. If people want to put stuff online that will harm themselves, then let them. They need to be thinking about their future. If they want to go party and misbehave, then it will come back to get them later in life.

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  57. Facebook and Twitter can be fun, but it can also be bad. If you put something bad on there it could ruin your life. For your future job, all your boss has to do to figure out what kind of person you are, is to check your Facebook or Twitter. If you have something bad on there, chances are they probobly won't hire you.

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    1. Jordan - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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  58. There are many ways you could use social media for good. Such as, posting pictures of you working at a food bank are even just picture from a family outing. Social media can be used for other things too. You can keep in touch with old friends. If you think something that you are about to post will come back and haunt you, then don't post it. If you plan to have a good career then be careful.

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  59. A few ways you can take social media use it for good are communicating with friends and or family. Only if you don't turn the communicating for bad. Another way you can is if you upload pictures of yourself with friends or family, but if you upload something bad then you're taking advantage of it.

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    1. Eva, You mentioned uploading "pictures of yourself with friends and family," what criteria do you use to determine whether a picture of other people is appropriate on your wall? This is one of those places where your actions can effect the digital footprint of others as well as yourself.

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  60. I think facebook is a bad idea because it raises the amount of cyber bullying . It has caused a lot of problems for kids and it isnt very healthy. Some kids have been threatened over facebook and even causes problems in school .

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    1. Kaylee - We are going to talk about cyberbullying later this week. I hope you share in that conversation as well. Do you think Facebook can be used for good purposes at all? What about the ways that Dana suggested in the post?

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  61. I think that it is very important to stay safe and clean on the internet. I try as hard as i can to try and be safe and be careful.

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    1. Gavin, what do you think about having others help you watch your digital footprint?

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  62. I believe that this article has very effective guidelines to use while you are on a public website. Before you post anything you should think is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind? Is it appropriate? Prior to posting anything on a website, you should be able to answer yes to all of the previous questions. Many companies, people, and work places use Facebook as a liable source of information about that person. Therefore, you need to only post safe, applicable information, that would be meaningful and respectful to everyone. Remember, once you post something (picture, status, etc.) it NEVER goes away, even if you delete it.

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  63. Facebook can be used for good purposes, if YOU choose to. Facebook is meant to be a way of communicating to your friends. Don't put things on the internet that you wouldn't want you parents to see. Anything you put on the internet can be viewed by people every where. Be care of what you do, because it can change the way people think of you. Do the right thing!

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  64. The answer is simple. The only thing you have to do to keep your social media good and clean is not post inappropriate things. Your future boss could see your postings at anytime and that could affect your chances at getting a job. If your a kid posting innapropriate things now, and you think your own mother would not approve then what makes you think your boss would? He probably won't approve so the best answer is to not post those type of things.

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    1. Mickey - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

      Good thoughts! What Dana was getting at was that you can do more than just not post bad stuff? What kinds of things could YOU post that will show off how great a person you are?

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  65. I've known how dangerous the internet can be even before I was allowed to have a Facebook account. My parents made sure that I understood that the internet can not only hurt me, but my reputation. This is why I've always been careful about what I post and what pages I like. I know some people who like to use their Facebook and Twitter accounts to boost their popularity, but it is important to always keep your future in mind and post responsibly.

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    1. Leah W - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

      I like what you say about people using social media to boost popularity. Teens especially need to be careful that what they are posting is really them, the true them, the image they want to share with the world. Not the person they think their friends want them to be!

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  66. Facebook is a good source to contact your peers if you miss an assignment.Also, it could be used wrong such as:inappropriate language or pictures.Facebook can be taken advantage by using it for good.Instead of posting random comments,you can post alerts in classrooms or message your friends about your homework assignments.

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    1. D'Amontae - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

      I like your suggestions about using Facebook to get assignments and help in the classroom. Good idea!

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  67. Social media is good for people to interact online. People just have to use it the correct way. You can not post pictures about parties or posting vulgar images or quotes. You should use it to post pictures about you helping your community or good thoughts of the day. If you use it the wrong way then that can effect your chances on getting into colleges or getting a job.

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    1. Tanner, I believe you are right that you should only be posting about positive influences in your life on social media. However, if you take out the word "digital" we are still talking about citizenship. The guidelines posted above by Dana Nelson are just as important in your "real" life. Staying away from negative influences offline will help you keep a positive footprint in all you do! Thanks for commenting!

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  68. QUESTION: How many of your parent(s)/guardian(s) are aware of what you post online and monitor your accounts? You can just reply with a "mine do" or "mine don't" or share more if you want.

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    1. Mine do not, although I feel like parents should at the very least know what their children are posting.

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  69. As teenagers, when we hear the possible consequences of social media, we instantly have the mentality of ''that would never happen to me''. It needs to be stressed that we now have a reputation in person, as well as online. We can control everything we post, so it's our responsibility!

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    1. I sincerely agree, Cynthia.

      I think that one has to be careful about Facebook usage, but at the same time, the spread of ideas that social media can provide is something that is not seen in many other places.

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    2. Cynthia, I like what you said here..."We can control everything we post, so it's our responsibility!" I think that your comment is dead on. This is a concept that is easy to say but challenging to fulfill. I wish you good luck in sticking to your statement and in being a responsible role model for others connected to you!

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    3. Well-said, Cynthia. How important is it that schools teach this idea? Is there value in teachers addressing this concept in school?

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    4. Thank you! And good point Andy, a lot can be spread and quickly get people involved. And to the question Mr. Wilhelmus, freshman year I took a Digital Communications class. I believe that's a very appropriate time for teachers to advise us students about our digital footprint and it's consequences! I wouldn't have thought about that on my own. But once I was exposed to the concept I realized I needed to take action.

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  70. Facebook, twitter, and many more can be good. Someways are communticating with friends or family memebers that live farther away, see what everybody is doing, but it can also be very bad. You have predators that want your personal information, you also have bad choices calling your name. When you do create a facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. be sure not to include your personal information, like your phone number, adress, or even your full name. If you ever include any of that just to show people your not afraid, or to even seem cool, think about what your including before you hit submit. Is it really making you cooler? Is it worth not being afriad? Think about all the things or people that could harm you.

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    1. Macci - good points. It is always important to be careful of where you share personal information online. Today you share a piece of information online, later in life you use it as part of your password backup and with a simple search you've made a hackers job easier. Be careful of what information you share - some things should remain private!

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  71. Facebook is an socail media today.And for people that live far away you can chat to and find out what they are doing. It is a great way to chat with one and another. No one can edit you information beside you. And you can share all you want but everyone must be wise, and a good charater!

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    1. Sunnie - I agree that you must be wise about sharing online. Are you sure, though, that no one can change your words or post on your account? Read some of the other comments on this thread and then share back. What might you do to make sure no one can change your posts or edit your information?

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  72. Social media sites are now commonly used, however many people use them for the wrong reasons. Teenagers don't realize that they are leaving a footprint behind, and that it can not be erased just by the press of a button. With proper education on social media, teens could use them to help the community.

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    1. Ethan - How could YOU use social media to help YOUR community? How might this also help you?

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  73. From the point of view of a teacher who listens to what happens around her-the comments made to other students, the loud talk in the hall, I would like to remind the students around me that what they can be held responsible for what they say and do. Just because you are not yelling it in a classroom, or writing it on a wall, does not mean that you have the freedom to erupt and say whatever you want. Just because you erase something, does not mean that no one saw it. Your digital life lives even longer than you. In the example in the reading above, a short youtube video cost someone his scholarship. The same can be said about your future employers. Things that we do everyday could be viewed as something much different than they are. You could miss out on opportunities because of "acting a fool" on facebook.

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  74. Before you press the send-post button, ask yourself: Could this get me into trouble with my grandmother? In most cases, you can ward off some of the consequences later on in life.

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  75. You can use soical media for good by not bullying people and maybe giving advice on every day life. Aslo by not making yourself look bad by cursing and being disrectful to others.

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  76. Everyday we are exposed to technology and social media. It just depends on how a person uses their resources. At school, we are given netbooks that are supposed to be used responsibly and for school related items, but everyone knows that one person who uses their netbook for Youtube or gaming. Personally, technology and social media are great resources for creating extraordinary projects like Prezi and Photostory projects. Students just have to make the choice to use technology appropiately.

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  77. We can use social media, such as Facebook to raise awareness for events or causes that help to benefit certain organizations that help people out such as breast cancer awareness or a telethon for starving children. We can also use social media to share pictures of us with our friends and family to allow other friends and family members that we never get to see what we look like and what we are up to in our lives. Now, with Facebook's timeline we can show major events or things that we have done that can allow people to see what we have participated in and the places we have worked or volunteered. So if colleges or bosses did look into your account they can find that you have been productive doing good things and see how stable or unstable of a person that you may be.

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  78. I feel like social media is only bad if you make it bad. If you put yourself in the position for things to make you look bad, then that is on you. If you're smart about it, and stay away from things like that, then you won't have to worry about it. Put pictures, videos, or posts of you doing positive things! Rather that is something with the family, volunteering somewhere, or even take part in the Walk For The Cure.

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  79. Many teenagers use social media everyday. I think one way social media can be used for good is to spread out proactive and productive quotes, opinions, and thoughts. Social media can also be used to alert one about her/his homework, upcoming events at school, or new test dates. It also can make teenagers begin to watch what they say about others as well as themselves.

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  80. i think this lesson teaches you to not cyber bully or ever post something bad. If you do and diside to erase it and think it is gone, it will always be somewere on the internet.

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  81. In my opinion the only way social media is used for good is when you use dicussion posts for classes. These are great ways to interact with fellow class mates as well as students at different schools if possible. People can get different view points from different people in order to find the best possible solution to the task needed to be solved.

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  82. My parents say that I'm to young to have a facebook, but almost everyone I know does. Facebook is good for talking to people you don't talk to everyday or every week. But, if you put something innapropriate on the internet, it can be bad. Make sure you only write what you would want everyone to see. Overall facebook is good, unless you are someone who makes bad decisions.

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  83. Once you hit send, it's there forever. A lot of teens don't understand the reality of forever and I feel like that's why they abuse so many of their freedoms during their adolescent years. The things you post now, will come up at some point or another in the future whether you think they will or not. Big Brother's always watching. It's that simple.

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  84. I could use my social media account to congratulate people at our school who have accomplished something. Doing this would make them feel better about themselves and more confident. A simple post saying “good job” or “keep up the good work” would encourage students to keep doing better. If our school choir did well in a competition I could post something on my facebook account about how outstanding that they sang that night. Even if the competition did not go well, posting aphorisms about how it'll be better next time will make people appreciate that they tried their best.

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  85. I would live in the 21st century and try to stop cyberbullying. Parents should controls to help protect their kids. Kids shouldn't try to access other peoples accounts an bully others.

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  86. Here is a great website for the acronym T.H.I.N.K.

    Is what I am saying, texting or typing
    True
    Helpful
    Important
    Necessary
    Kind?

    http://www.mygirltalk.org/GirlTalkResources/THINK.aspx

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  87. I'm sorry but i just dont really like facebook. My mom doesnt let me have one and i can see why. People just dont use their brains. And i know i dont like facebook because i get on my g-mas.

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  88. i think that facebook is overrated it should not be abused by puting fake names and picures.

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  89. For me, social media is capable of doing as much bad as it can good. It all depends on the decisions made.

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  90. Anybody who chooses to have bad things posted from other people that are on Facebook,Twitter,or Myspace that have no since being on Facebook or Twitter or even Myspace they should not post bad things that are just try to hurt someone.But, others should try to say hey you shouldn't be so mean to he/she one day that comment you or someone else posted can come back and bite you in the butt. hahaha i said butt. its true because my family even told me that too.

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  91. Facebookis a website that you can talk to your friends and post pictures of you (that are appropriate).Some people just don't get that all they have nasty pictuures of them selves and they are rude to other people on facebook. Cyyberbullying is a major problem on Facebook because people never no that what they say may hurt somebody. Facebook can effect your future jobs by what you posted,said,or even what you took with a camera. When you on Facebook you have to think before you click send,take(meaning a picture),and post.

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  92. Many of the social websites like Facebook can be a cyberbullying spot.It is sometimes good to be social with your friends but in the very same way it can be very bad.I do not have a Facebook acount because my parents don't want me to get hurt by a cyberbully's message or picture and etc. I have seen people get cyberbullied right before my eyes.

    When I see their reaction it makes me want to do something so I think that this blog will let me exspress that feeling. Thanks to all of you that blog to show your feelings too.

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  93. I agree with your comment Conor Ward because more and more schools are being blocked off from certain websites and games because people are using them in the wrong way.

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  94. The internet can be dangerous no matter what. Because of all the websites that are used the wrong ways and Facebook sometimes you don't really know who you are really talking to because some people can pretend to be someone they are not.

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  95. I think that having a good Character means to be "kind hearted" and being smart online and about what you're posting on sites such as facebook and twitter.I see comments that are cruel about people and just horrifying photos, thats why kids these days are just are posting anything and not thinking before they press the post button. Very little kids dont know that whatever they post is never going away just by pressing delete its still going to be their.But before you post anything think twice. Having a bad character can lead you down the wrong path and end up falling off a cliff,but just before you fall their will be someone with a good quality character to lead back on the path of life. One more thing about having a good character is also having such admirable traits as honesty, responsibility and courage.

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  96. Think before you post. Make sure you are not saying anything bad about someone. Always keep in the stuff that's bad about someone else. If you were to post something that would effect someone else then it will come back and do the same. You can get in big trouble.

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  97. You can use your social media for good by do things such as getting the word out about something that will help and benefit others quickly. If used correctly, social networking can be a helpful tool that will allow people to improve their relationships and make new friends.

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  98. I think that it is important to be careful of what you say, or put online. Things you say can be tracked by numerous people including preditors that can use your info, or pictures against you. If you do not want someone to put out bad things about you, then don't give them a chance to. Even things you delete offline can steel be traced from years to come, so always remember don't show bad, but good.

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  99. I want to know all your poinons on how good Thompkins will do on the Digital Herosism. I for one believe that we will rock it and that people will keep sending blogs because it will really help us six graders in the long run on what to and not to do. please reply. :]

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  100. I actually have a personal experience with a digital predator. And even worse, it was on my Facebook page. When I was in 6th grade, EVERYBODY had a Facebook account except me! I asked my mom over and over for one, but she kept telling me about the dangers and how it affect me one day in the future. But because I wanted one so badly, I went behind her back and I got one. And that was fine for a few years, until the summer that I was going to 8th grade. I had never posted too much stuff about me, or what I did with my daily life, or complain about odd things. But one day, I got a message from a random guy who had "just graduated from high school." I decided to go against all of the safety rules that I knew and messaged him back. He ended up finding my phone number and texting me all the time. Then he kept telling me how "hot" I was and gross stuff like that! Then when I told him to get away, he just wouldn't leave me alone! A long LONG story short, my guy friend almost got into a fight with him when he decided to stalk me one day! Creepy right?!? After that, I took off all of my information from Facebook, and now I only use I to keep in touch with my church and from camps that I've been to recently. So I learned my lesson pretty fast... listen to your mom when she tells you not to do something, and don't put to much one the web about you and your life (espically if you're going to complain about everything that you have!!!)

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  101. Using social media sites are fine if you use them wisely. Social media sites should be used for good things, such as appreciating someone's hard work or supporting a good cause. The Internet should be used to help people, not to hurt someone or complain about something. Also, social media sites should be used carefully and responsibly. You need to think about what you post and how it will affect others and yourself. One bad post can cost you college and career opportunities, and sometimes even good friends. Also, people need to be more aware that privacy can be invaded. There are cameras everywhere and anything posted on the Internet can be seen by anyone. When using the Internet, everyone needs to be careful of what they say and how it will affect the future.

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  102. Social media sites are a big responsibility. It is absolutely true that no matter how old or how long ago it was deleted, anything uploaded online if forever accessible by the internet surfing population. I have a friend, whom I will call John, that experienced it firsthand. John was in a fight with another boy at school. This was not his first encounter with the law regarding an altercation. Initially there were charges pressed against him for assault. Eventually the charge on both sides were dropped. This left nothing to prosecute John. However, the opposing lawyer had looked up John's social media page to gather more information during the trials. As a result he came across an old Myspace page that included pictures of John. This was not his page, but one he was tagged in. In addition the photos were obviously from several years earlier. Despite all of that, the court was still able to press charges for gang activity, due to the hand signs he was holding in the picture. It just goes to show that everything you do online can be retrieved. Unfortunately people tend to forget that and get careless about what they reveal to the world.

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  103. I've always tried to look at the pros and cons when deciding whether or not to join a social media website. Either I can join a site to keep up social statuses and simply make life a little faster and easier, or I can avoid future problems, drama, obscenities, and possible embarrassment by not joining at all. In my mind, the latter seems to outweigh my first option. It may seem weird and unheard of for a kid my age to deny things such as Facebook, or Twitter, or Myspace, but it is what it is.

    My moral for these types of issues is to just not join in the first place. I haven't taken part in many social media websites, just for the fear of all the terrible things that can happen if I don't stay away. Maybe it's just the way I was raised to believe, I'm not sure.

    For those people who've already been sucked into sites like Facebook or Twitter, all I can say is to make the best of it. I agree completely when Dana says to, "Do More,". Post about all the good things you do, so viewers will know exactly how great you really are. Why not even get others involved?

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  104. Using the Social Media like facebook and twitter are okay websites to be on if yor using them in the right ways.Try and use you profile to give good commpliments even to someone you dont know. You could even do a random act of kindness even make someones day instaed of beating someone up about their picture they had posted.I've also noticed alot of cyber bullying on facebook and twitter and some kids even hurt themselves and worst people just dont understand how the person who's getting bullied feels about all of the name calling and even it may go as far as the bullies start to hit the the person gettng bullied its time to take a stand and say no to bullying!

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  105. When on a social media site, you want to make sure you don't post something that will haunt you forever. Once it's on the internet, it will be there forever. Think before you act, don't post things that can be used against you. Those post might have been funny then, but can effect your life later.

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  106. People say that posting on Facebook or Twitter or any other site can't hurt you, but in all honesty anything you do on the internet can hurt you. Loss of jobs, friends, trust ,all that is important to you can be lost with one push of a button. I'm young myself and I've been told I have NO IDEA but from personal experience it can. I've lost friends, trust, and respect, from family and peers because of things I've done on the internet. I think everyone reading this can relate in some way but you don't just have to be careful what you say online things you say or do in person can hurt you just as much.

    "A mistake,
    a get away
    an empty screen,
    a sorry face,
    one word, one lie,
    an image that never fades,
    never dies.
    will that be you in the end?
    regretting decisions, past friends.
    a mistake will be a click away,
    harming you
    until your end."

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    1. Meghan, Thank you for the thoughtful response! You bring up a good correlation between online and offline behavior.

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  107. Posting things online can pretty much make or break the future for some. Even if you believe that you can post something, but then deciding to delete them later may not be the best choice. Even if you think what you posted was deleted, that video/picture/post will follow you your entire life; hiding in cyberspace.
    You really have to think before posting what may be categorized as 'inappropriate' by anyone looking at it. Anything you post can be saved by anyone, and there is nothing stopping that file from spread across every reading eye.
    This post just makes me think about how to act online. You have to think to yourself about everything; ask yourself questions. What would my parents say? What would my future child say? Even ask yourself What would god say? Once you have done this, you are safe online. But you still must be aware of what you post- no matter what it is.

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  108. by Andrew Harper (edited): I think that we should be very careful about what is done with social media. However, I do think that at the end of the day, it is up to the individual to decide what he/she uses it for. I do think that Facebook had allowed me to stay connected to people whenever I was not at [school] last year. However, I believe that people can misunderstand things in social media (particularly if sarcasm is used). A simple misunderstanding of things was at the root of my departure from [my school]. And for a long while, it seemed like I would never be at a school again. It may have been a simple misunderstanding of something I put on Facebook, but it almost ruined my life

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  109. There are many ways that you could use your social media for good. First of all, don't go posting lots of pictures of you and your friends being stupid. These could effect your future and how others look at you as a person. You should use your social media to encourage others to do well and cheer people up when they are down. If someone did something nice for you, post it on Facebook for others to see. Everyone will see the good deed that person did and they will feel accomplished and help people out more often.

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  110. I agree completely with your idea! It is time for students to get serious because things we post can effect us now and in the future. Some of my friends come to school and fight over what a person commented on Facebook, not only did it start a fight, but it damaged a friendship. Being able to see that first hand, I will definitively be more careful about what I post anywhere online. I also agree that people need to be more cautious about what they post. I always ask myself: would I want someone to post this about me? If i say no then I do not post it, which is a good thing for everyone to start doing.

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  111. The internet, especially social networking sites, can be very cruel and dangerous. In order to be safe, people need to be very cautious and watch what they do and say on the internet. I think that people should not post any harmful or rude pictures of them self or others. You should also not be rude or disrespectful to others on the internet.

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  112. I think the internet can be a very dangerous place. It is good to be wise about what you put on there. You could use your Facebook or twitter and make it a club account. You can make it a helpful account maybe giving tips or help. There are so many great possibilities and opportunities. Why would you post dumb things that could hurt your rep when you could be helping others out.

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  113. I completely agree with this blog post. When on the internet, it is important that you do not post anything embarrassing or hurtful, even if it is just a joke. Everything on the internet is permanent. One way to avoid hurting your reputation is to think before you post. This means that you think about all of the possible consequences that could come from your post. Personally, I always say to myself, "What would I think of this if somebody else posted it?" That is one way to avoid trouble on the internet.

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  114. The blog is right. Everything you do online will be remembered and could end up hurting you in the future. People need to have the character and be responsible enough not to do those sort of things. People shouldn't be posting inappropriate things online either.

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  115. The blog is right. Everything you do online will be remembered and could end up hurting you in the future. People need to have the character and be responsible enough not to do those sort of things. People shouldn't be posting inappropriate things online either.

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  116. I agree with the post because whatever you say on the internet will be there. You never know that something you put on the internet years ago could ruin your whole college career. That's why before you post a picture or anything on the internet you need to think of what the consequences could be.

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  117. I think they are right and that's what it should be .

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  118. When someone signs up for a social media account, they can put whatever name they want to for it. This is important to remember because not everyone is who they say they are. You may not be talking to the person you think you're talking to. All of this is just as important to remember. If you are friends with a fake profile on Facebook, they can see your pictures too. Then, someone who you don't even know has access to all of your information and pictures. If you put good pictures on you Facebook and other accounts, this won't be a problem for you. However, if you are posting pictures that you only want your friends to see, that might not be the case. Always think about these things as you are logging onto your social media sights.

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  119. That's right. You don't want something that might be funny today, destroy something important tomorrow.

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  120. I would feel like people are using me. If they asked my permission id feel different and maybe consider letting them use it. If they gave me credits I might let them use it depends on what they are using it for. If they changed the photo or something on it like that I would kinda be mad because you trying to make it look like yours and it ant.

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  121. This is completely true, although it isn't news to me. I have heard all of this quite a while back, 5th or 6th grade I think, it's a very dangerous game posting stuff on the internet, anyone can take anything and anyone can see anything. The best thing to do would be to keep the innapropriacy to yourself and keep it off the social networking.

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  122. Teens everywhere are making stupid decisions as we speak that can harm their future forever. Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace users are posting inappropriate and unnecessary content that are preventing them from getting into the top collages and earning jobs they need to make money. Many people are questioning how teens and even adults can stop the misuse of social media, when really, the answer is obvious: stop using social media. Honestly, I sometimes do not even know why people use online sites such as Facebook. After all, thousands of people are becoming addicted to the internet each day. If they don't have any access to social media, they can't become addicted and post stupid things! I know most people can disagree with me and say that social media is necessary to connect with family and friends. I do think that is a good reason, but why not just email them or call them on the phone? You cannot do anything via email or telephone that can harm your future. In conclusion, avoiding all social media is the perfect solution to internet addiction and misuse of social media.

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  123. This says that it matters who you are not what you posts or share.

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  124. I think you should really be careful with what you put on Facebook, and Twitter, and YouTube, because you don't know what people will do through the type of things you put on sites like Facebook, I have a Facebook account, and I'm very careful with the things I post, and the friends I accept on Facebook

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  125. People need to watch what they post on (Facebook,Twitter & any other websits) People look at that and jugde you for what they see about you.

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  126. Make sure you don't post anything bad that will make people think badly of you. If you don't you can't delete it EVER. Like others have said, "What would your parents think of you?" You need to be very careful what you post and how you post it.

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  127. Anyone can use social media in a fun, mannered, and respected way, not many people do though. Most people use Facebook for horrible reasons and usually don't get into jobs, schools, or have disrespected many in an unknowing way. So here are some acceptable things you could post to help you get into these schools and jobs, without disrespecting anyone. You don't have to post something every single day (or every second for that matter), keep your post simple, short, and to the point of what you have accomplished. Never post anything about anyone else ,unless you are talking about how wonderful they are and spreading the good news about them. And lastly never post anything you wouldn't say to your teachers, because they will be the ones checking your Facebook in the future. Use social media for the good reasons, connecting with friends and family by posting your recent achievements. Just remember: Facebook is supposed to help show how great you are, not for seeing how many times you can post insulting things about someone in an hour.

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  128. I completely agree with the following blog, I wish that all people knew the value of social media sites. I know the value of posting on Facebook, and that you just can't post anything you want, because your friends, family, and other people you don't even know are able to see. You can tell a lot about a person's Facebook, and practically judge their character without even knowing them, just from their social media profile. When your interviewed for a job, they also usually look at your Facebook, because they can tell your character, and habits that you may have. People shouldn't post ignorant things that can cause them to not get a job, everyone should be smart about what they post.

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