Rebecca comes home from a long day in New York City, hanging out with friends and going on adventures. She looks around her Philadelphia apartment and sighs.
She takes in the views from her two wide windows that face Philadelphia's center city. She swallows, thinking about her life decisions. Her friends are thinking about moving to New York City, and they want her to go. She wants to, but Philadelphia is her home. She’s lived here all of her life.
She opens a window for fresh air, which will hopefully help clear her mind. She looks at the little elephant charm her friend gave her that sits on the chair under the television. She sits on her couch, looking at a plant and computer that her best friend gave her. Her best friends leaving, too. They're moving early next week, and she needs to make her decision.
An explanation of how the Internet has changed communication. Make sure to use at least one specific example.
The internet has changed communication because it allows people to get in touch more easily and information/news to be transferred faster. An example of this is when there's an emergency, such as Hurricanes or wildfires, and people need to evacuate and they can just be alerted through social media if something is about to happen or if something is happening that hasn't affected them yet.
Define Immediacy, Permanence and Lack of Control as they pertain to the Internet and explain how Immediacy, Permanence and Lack of Control affect both our offline and our online identities and lives. Include at least one example for each.
Immediacy is how immediate information can be spread around on the internet. Immediacy could affect our online life because if we post something by accident and a lot of people see it, than (depending on what’s posted) it could change somebody’s opinion of you. Immediacy could affect your offline life because it could keep you from getting a job if there's something that you post is bad and the company you work for finds it. An example of immediacy is if somebody posts something on twitter that’s racist, that would get around quickly and there would be consequences for that.
Permanence is how everything you post on the internet can be tracked even if it’s deleted. Permanence could affect your online life because if you post something negative when you're a young person or when you're not in the best state of mind, having somebody find that could alter how they perceive you. Permanence could affect your offline life because if you did something dumb in your youth, your potential job could hold that against you and not give you the job. An example of permanence is if a celebrity were to post something negative, that would stay on the internet forever because people would begin to repost and talk about it immediately.
Lack of control is when you post something on the internet, you can't get it back no matter what you do. Lack of control could affect your online life because once you post something, it's out there on the internet forever and people can interpret it however they want to, whether it's positive or negative. Lack of control could affect your offline life because if you post something and somebody misinterprets that, it could be held against you that you posted it in the first place. An example of lack of control is if somebody were to screenshot a post or picture of yours, and edit to to make it seem like it’s something bad but it’s actually not.
What are two ways that you can actively manage and protect your identity and your reputation online? (one of each)
I can actively manage and protect my identity by not posting about personal things, such and my address or social security number, and I could protect my reputation online by not posting anything negative or offensive towards anybody.
Answer the question: “Does the Internet have rules?” Use at least one specific example.
I think that some of the internet has rules, such as certain websites, but I don’t think that the internet in it’s entirety has rules. For example, people could get banned from Twitter for doing certain things, but not banned from the internet for doing the same things.
Define cyberbullying in your own words.
Cyberbullying is harassing people online and making people feel threatened or offended about the things you say on the internet, whether it’s intentful or not. (Depending on the content.)
Describe at least 2 kinds of cyberbullying and why they are considered cyberbullying
There is a summary offense and a misdemeanor of the third degree. A summary offense is considered cyberbullying because they are harassing / constantly communicating with somebody for no legitimate purpose. A third degree offense is considered cyberbullying because it is communicating with somebody anonymously in a threatening manner or at inconvenient times.
Provide advice for: victims, bullies and bystanders of cyberbullying
Victims should try to talk to an adult about what’s happening if it doesn’t stop because they could help you more than you think. Bullies should stop doing what they’re doing because there’s no valid reason, and they should focus on bettering themselves and stop being so unhappy with themselves. For bystanders of cyberbullying, you shouldn’t get into arguments online because it could make things worse, and you should report anybody that you see meaning mean to another person.
Your Top 5 tips for using the Internet
Don’t: be mean.
Don’t: post personal information.
Do: always follow the law
Do: report people if you feel the need to and you think there is a valid reason.
- Do: keep your account private and accept people who you know ow who you think aren’t a threat to you and your identity.
This article is about Carly Mckinney, a first year tenth grade math teacher, who Tweeted inappropriate pictures of herself, regularly Tweeted about her liking to smoke pot, and used rave and drug-related hashtags. Mckinney was a teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado. This incident affected Mckinney greatly, it resulted in her getting fired from her job as a teacher. In addition, it may be more difficult for Mckinney to get a job in the future due to her online choices. Mckinney’s online choices affected others because the students that she had didn’t have her as a teacher anymore, and Overland High School had to find another teacher to take Mckinney’s place. Also, it affected the school district because they had to make a statement on the situation and it might have made some people think that the school district isn’t doing a good enough job at tracking their employee’s online lives.
Immediacy affected Carly Mckinney’s situation a large amount because once she posted the photos and posts, she couldn’t ever gain control of them again, and this may be one of the reasons why Mckinney was fired. Everybody could have been sharing the photos and posts around almost immediately, and eventually the school district was able to see the photos, which probably didn’t take very long. Permanence has affected Mckinney’s situation because even if you delete a post, somebody will most likely be able to find it, since the photos and posts may have been shared so many times, it would be hard to keep the photos and posts hidden. Lastly, lack of control affected Mckinney because once she posted those tweets online, she couldn’t ever get them back or have them completely erased. If I could give Mckinney advice, I would say that she probably shouldn’t do the things that she’s doing, or at the very least not post about them. In addition, I would say that she should delete the posts or start a new Twitter account, and start fresh from what she can control. In conclusion, everybody should be cautious about what they post online because their lives could be greatly affected by it.