The Now Generation Internet Safety


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Identity and security are important concepts in the face of today\'s social media networks. Learn about the dangers that exist and how to use privacy setting to protect yourself in unnecessary scrutiny and image complications.

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The Now Generation Internet Safety

  1. 1. The Now Generation: Internet Safety Dan Hairfield, Community Director Housing & Residential Education
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Students today will… </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about the breadth of internet use. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the potential pitfalls of posting information online. </li></ul><ul><li>Compile important safeguards when using social networking sites and other internet resources. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The is the Now Generation <ul><li>“ Myspace in your space, Facebook is a new place, Dip divin' socializin‘, I'll be out in cyber space, Google is my professor, Wikipedia checker, Checkin my account, Loggin in and loggin out…” </li></ul><ul><li>- Now Generation , Black Eyed Peas </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Connected Are You? <ul><li>Facebook, </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Friendster </li></ul><ul><li>Linked-in </li></ul><ul><li>Bebo </li></ul><ul><li>Hi-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Imeem </li></ul><ul><li>OKcupid, </li></ul><ul><li>Flixster </li></ul><ul><li>Xanga </li></ul><ul><li>LiveJournal, </li></ul><ul><li>Plaxo </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo 360 </li></ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Do These Sites Give You? <ul><li>Fast connections to a lot of people. </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising to large crowds. </li></ul><ul><li>Share information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal blogs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uploading pictures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share music. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join groups/causes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay in the loop with social events. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. So Where is the Danger? <ul><li>Identity theft. </li></ul><ul><li>Self-incrimination. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary effect… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social image. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job opportunities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal records. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is this really new information?? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Identity Theft <ul><li>What is it?? </li></ul><ul><li>Fraudulent use of a person’s personal identifying information. </li></ul><ul><li>How do I avoid it? </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t give out personal information. </li></ul><ul><li>Protect your PIN number and other passwords. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the use of full information on profiles and other identifying media. </li></ul><ul><li>Think before you post. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Where and How of Theft
  9. 9. Let’s Think About This… <ul><li>Would you walk around Franklin Street naked? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you show up to a job interview stoned? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you run to a police officer to tell them that you stole a street sign? </li></ul><ul><li>What would the consequences be? </li></ul>
  10. 10. So Why Would You Do It Online? <ul><li>Let’s look at some real examples of what some people post… </li></ul>
  11. 11. Public Partying
  12. 12. Public Partying cont.
  13. 13. And the After Party…
  14. 14. And ALL of These Pictures Were PUBLIC!!! <ul><li>What are your initial reactions to these pictures? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think they were funny? </li></ul><ul><li>How might these images have an effect within other areas of your life? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Drink, Drive and Facebook <ul><li>In 2008, a 20-year-old college junior in Providence, RI was sentenced to 2 years in prison for a crash due to drunk driving. After posting drunken party pictures on Facebook, prosecutors described the defendant as an </li></ul><ul><li>“ unrepentant partier.” </li></ul><ul><li>22-year-old college junior in Santa Barbara, CA gets 2 years in prison. Taken after the crash but before sentencing — photos showed the young adult holding a glass of wine as well as joking comments about drinking. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Lasting Legal Effects <ul><li>In 2007, a recent college graduate was sentenced to 5 years in prison for a crash due to drunk driving. A MySpace photo montage showed the graduate holding a beer bottle and many others showing shirts advertising tequila and a belt bearing plastic shot glasses. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thinking About a Job? <ul><li>Your profiles serve as virtual resumes for fellow students, graduate schools, future employers. </li></ul><ul><li>35% of Hiring Managers use Google to do online background checks. </li></ul><ul><li>23% of Hiring Managers search social networking sites. Approx 1/3 of searches lead to elimination of applicant. </li></ul>
  18. 18. So How Many Actually Post Incriminating Content? <ul><li>In a 2008 a nationwide study by, US employers revealed top concerns when screening applicants via social-networking sites. </li></ul><ul><li>41% - candidate posted information about their drinking or using drugs </li></ul><ul><li>40% - candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information </li></ul><ul><li>29% - candidate had poor communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>28% - candidate bad-mouthed previous company or fellow employee </li></ul><ul><li>27% - candidate lied about qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>22% - candidate used discriminatory remarks related to race, gender, religion, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>22% - candidate’s screen name was unprofessional </li></ul><ul><li>21% - candidate was linked to criminal behavior </li></ul><ul><li>19% - candidate shared confidential information from previous employers </li></ul>
  19. 19. That’s All Well and Good, but How Do I Stay Safe? <ul><li>Think back to Identity Theft…think before you post. Be careful about the content you put online. </li></ul><ul><li>Absolute privacy is an impossibility. Privacy settings and awareness of search engine caches are important tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid profanity and vulgarity online, especially where the content becomes static. This would also include being careful about your pictures and groups you belong to. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of what others post about you as well. </li></ul><ul><li>Think of it this way …everything you post online is subject to disciplinary and criminal action. This includes government agencies, campus police, business organizations, college departments, etc… </li></ul><ul><li>When you choose to represent yourself, choose the best version of yourself to be online. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Privacy: Your Defense System <ul><li>Types of Privacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search results. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Profile information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications and add-ons. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Friending” allowances. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Block lists. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News feed information. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Install virus and spyware safeguards. </li></ul><ul><li>Deleting Old Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never officially gone. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completely close out accounts if you are eliminating them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct periodic searches to see what results appear. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Settings  Privacy  Search Make sure you adjust privacy across all categories available in your settings menu. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Questions?? <ul><li>Thank you for your attention. </li></ul>References 1- &quot;Online Safety Guidelines.&quot; 2009. Social Project. 25 June 2009 <>. 2- “Tips for Security at Home.&quot; 2009. Microsoft. 25 June 2009 <>. 3- “How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft.&quot; 2009. US Department of Treasury. 25 June 2009 <>. 4- Du, Wei. &quot;Job candidates getting tripped up by Facebook.&quot; MSNBC. 14 Aug. 2007. 24 June 2009 <>. 5- “Employers Using Social-Networking Sites to Research Job Candidates.&quot; 15 Sept. 2008. 25 June 2009 < >. 6- Tucker, Eric. &quot;Don't drink and drive, then post on Facebook.&quot; MSNBC . 18 July 2008. Associated Press. 25 June 2009 <>.