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Social Media The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


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Social Media and Responsibility

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Social Media The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  1. 1. Social Media: The Good,The Bad and The Ugly By: Michelle Masci Photo Source:Flickr CC2.0“Social Media apps”by Jason Howie
  2. 2. Social media has become an engrained part of society, and while it is a useful and powerful tool, there are negative aspects that are hard to ignore… Photo Source: Flickr“Tablet”by Esther Vargas
  3. 3. Online shaming, cyber-bullying and the propagation of misinformation, are just to name a few. In short,social media use requires some level of personal responsibility. Photo Source: PixelBay“Bullying”by Jedidja
  4. 4. Justine Sacco, a victim of online shaming, knows all too well what happens when responsible social media use is neglected, when she tweeted what she thought was a harmless joke: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” Photo Source:Flickr“FIGURE 10.1 Flocking of birds”by Jurgen Appelo [9]
  5. 5. Many didn’t see the humour and the backlash was almost immediate, including the consequences. She lost her job and was ridiculed relentlessly online, ultimately becoming a social pariah. Photo Source: Flickr“Outcast”by Stewart Black [9] [9]
  6. 6. But Did the Punishment Fit the Crime? Jon Ronson, a publicist who interviewed Sacco in the wake of the aftermath, didn’t think so: “I also began to marvel at the disconnect between the severity of the crime and the gleeful savagery of the punishment.” Photo Source: Flickr CC2.0“Lemme outta here”by Sean Hobson [9]
  7. 7. Sacco was irresponsible about her tweet but what about the large number of people that viciously shamed her online? Are they really any better? Photo Source:CC2.0 Flickr“happy_sad_face_smiley”by Alan O’Rourke Changes:Saturation
  8. 8. “Their motivation was much the same as Sacco’s own - a bid for the attention of strangers… hoping to amuse people she couldn’t see.” - Jon Ronson [9] “On the Internet, it turns out,we’re not entitled to demand any particular respect at all, and if others don’t have the empathy necessary to forgive our miss-steps,or the attention spans to judge us in context,there’s nothing we can do about it.” - Jeffrey Rosen [10] Photo Source: CC2.0 Flickr “background” by Markus Sandy
  9. 9. As we can see, social media is a powerful tool,that can have some huge and serious consequences when used irresponsibly.
  10. 10. Like online shaming,cyber-bullying is another aspect of social media that happens when responsible social media use is ignored. Almost 10% of Canadian adults living in a household with children knew of an instance of cyber-bullying involving at least one of the children in the their household.[8] Photo Source:CC2.0 Flickr“We R family”by Amdolu
  11. 11. Research by Microsoft discovered that 55% of parents of 12 year olds said their child was on Facebook and 76% said they helped them access the site. Facebook’s age restriction is 13+.[7] Photo Source: Flickr CC2.0“Social Media”by magicatwork
  12. 12. When parents create underage social media accounts for their children,kids are exposed to cyber-bullying and other content,people or situations that are out of their depth and which they're not emotionally prepared for. [1] Photo Source: CC2.0 Flickr“Growing Social Media”by mkhmarketing
  13. 13. Not only should parents be responsible for protecting their kids from cyber-bullying but also ensuring their kids aren’t bullies themselves…
  14. 14. In 2013 Rebecca Sedwick,at the age of 12 committed suicide by jumping off a silo,partly due to excessive cyber-bullying.Two female students were arrested on charges of aggravated stalking.[4] Photo Source: Flickr CC2.0“Pidgeons Party” by Giuseppe Milo
  15. 15. Though the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence,the accused’s names and mugshots were released. One of the mothers of the accused said: “It’s been a horrible experience for me, my daughter and my whole family.” [3] Photo Source:CC2.0 Flickr“Gdynia Design Days 2010”by Michal Jaskolski Changes:Cropped
  16. 16. Responsible social media use could prevent cases like this,especially if parents are more aware of what their children are doing on social media and can advise them on using social media responsibly. “A 2009 study from Common Sense Media found that parents nationally, underestimate children's use of social networking sites and often are unaware of how they are used.“ – Jennifer Holladay [6] Photo Source: CC2.0 Flickr “ generation” by
  17. 17. Responsible social media use is important in preventing cyber bullies and victims of cyberbullying.
  18. 18. T.H.I.N.K b4 U Send is a campaign supported by the OPP to get children and families to think about what they post before sending/posting in light of the growing concerns of cyber- bullying. Ask yourself: T – is it true? H – is it hurtful? I – is it illegal? N – is it necessary? K – is it kind? [11] Photo Source:CC2.0 Flickr“Lightbulb”by Francis N.
  19. 19. The question“Is it true?”in T.H.I.N.K is important not only when posting online but also when assessing the copious amounts of online information we interact with daily. Photo Source: CC2.0 Flickr “cmd.exe” by *n3wjack's world in pixels
  20. 20. “Platforms should also take an active role in educating their users and readers to always check the truthfulness of information they read and endorse. However this is not the sole responsibility of the platforms: appropriate ICT literacy should be introduced in schools.”[2] Photo Source:CC2.0 Flickr“social media”by Sean MacEntee
  21. 21. Accessing the truthfulness of information before spreading it is important, especially when it comes to matters of science,politics and health… Photo Source:CC2.0 Flickr“Beakers”by Alex
  22. 22. In the case of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, rumours propagated by Twitter users, arose such as: “Ebola could be airborne in some cases” “Terrorists will purposely contract Ebola and spread it around” While these seemed likely to be untrue to most who saw them, they are unnecessary fear-mongering. Photo Source: CC2.0 Flickr “Twitter-birds-social-media-leader-crowd” by Alan O’Rourke, Changes: Cropped[5] and
  23. 23. Social media is better used when used responsibly.The negative side-effects of social media,such as online-shaming, cyber-bullying and propagation of misinformation, would be minimized if people took time to verify information and think before posting. Photo Source:CC2.0 Flickr“3D Social Networking”by Chris Potter
  24. 24. Work Cited 1. "Anti Bullying Alliance". 2013. Anti-Bullyingalliance.Org.Uk. concerns-only-one-in-ten-parents-think-that-their-child-is-safe-online/. 2. Bresciani, Sabrina and Andreas Schmeil. 2012 "Social media platforms for social good" 6th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies (DEST), Campione d'Italia, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1109/DEST.2012.6227944 3. Brown, Stephen. 2013. "Teen Cleared Of Cyberbullying Rebecca Sedwick To Suicide: ‘I Did Nothing Wrong’". NY Daily News. 4. Christie, Joel. 2014. "Mom Of Teen Suicide Victim Sues Over Daughter's Death". Mail Online. 2715665/Mom-teen-suicide-victim-sues-Fla-school-board.html. 5. Fang Jin , Wei Wang , Liang Zhao , Edward Dougherty, Yang Cao , Chang-Tien Lu , and Naren Ramakrishnan. 2014. "Misinformation Propagation in the Age of Twitter." Computer 47 (12): 90-94. doi:10.1109/MC.2014.361. 6. Holladay, Jennifer. 2011. "Cyberbullying." Education Digest 76, no. 5: 4-9. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed June 2, 2016). 7. Matrix, Sidneyeve. 2016. "Module 02: Online Friendship". Presentation, Online. 8. Perreault, Samuel. 2013. "Self-Reported Internet Victimization In Canada, 2009". Statcan.Gc.Ca. x/2011001/article/11530-eng.htm#a2. 9. Ronson, Jon. 2015. "How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’S Life". Nytimes.Com. 10. Rosen, Jeffrey. 2010. "The Web Means The End Of Forgetting - Nytimes.Com". Nytimes.Com. 11. Thorne, Liz. 2016. "OPP Want You To T.H.I.N.K B4 U Send". Windsoritedotca - Windsor's Neighbourhood News.