Media Literacy Part 10: Online Safety

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Transcript

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Talking with Deb from Shmoop

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about online safety now.

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So, Deb, why should we care about what we post online?

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Why not have those embarrassing photos

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and send them to our employers

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in the future and so on and so on?

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Well, to be honest, sometimes it doesn't matter

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if you post embarrassing photos because no one's gonna see them.

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But you really don't wanna work under that assumption.

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If you are applying for a job,

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you better believe that your future employers

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are going to be Googling you, trying to find you on all social media,

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and seeing if they can find the one picture

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to convince them not to hire you.

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Whether that's a picture of you partying

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or just looking like a slob or an idiot.

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If you turn, say, your Facebook off

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as you're applying for jobs,

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definitely helps, good suggestion there.

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Don't use Facebook, Twitter, et cetera, while you're applying for jobs.

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You never know what employers will think is bad.

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It might be that one employer thinks

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that that picture of you partying

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is fine and another won't,

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so it's better to just turn it all off.

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How deep does this go? So, for example,

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there have been a bunch of legal cases

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about very left-wing companies

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and very right-wing companies making employment hires

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or choosing not to make employment hires

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based on political beliefs.

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How should we think about that

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when posting political beliefs

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and all that? I mean, it's kind of who we are.

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Shouldn't we have the right to say that?

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Is it legal for employers to not hire us because of that?

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Yeah, there's kind of that balance between

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free speech and the right for a private company

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to make decisions based on what they believe.

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Those are things that normally we say,

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"Don't talk about it at a dinner party," right?

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But you probably shouldn't talk about them at work.

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There are other forums to express those ideas.

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And, again, that's why, if you wanna express those ideas

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on social media, go for it. But then when it comes time

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to apply for a job

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or you're doing anything where you might be put in the public eye,

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it's good to turn those off.

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Gotta remember that turning off your social media

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doesn't mean people can't find it.

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It just makes it a lot harder for them to find it.

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So you mentioned finding it.

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What if you post anonymously?

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Is Big Brother really watching us? What if we do post anonymously?

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Well, there's no such thing as anonymous, Dave.

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There really isn't.

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When you post anonymously,

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all you're doing is making it harder

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for someone to figure out who it is.

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So if I go online

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and someone's posting anonymously, I'm probably gonna say,

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"Oh, okay, I don't know who this is." and move on.

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But if someone really wants to figure out who it is,

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they have your IP address.

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They can figure out exactly who you are,

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where you posted it, when you posted it.

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Got it. Okay, makes sense.

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[ whoop ]

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Why should we care about what we post online?

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How should we think about posting political beliefs in social media?

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What happens when you post anonymously?