PRIVACY WITHIN SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media has increased in popularity and usage over the years. Its accessibility on computers, tablets and mobile devices has allowed users to have frequent access whether they are at school, work or on the go.
Social media is a popular outlet especially for teenagers to share personal information within their circle of friends. Teens are often using several different social media outlets at a time. This may be the most dangerous factor however because there is a false sense of security with who has access to this content being shared. The level of privacy teens use on their settings have been known to change across different platforms. According to Pewinternet, people tend to have more public viewing settings on platforms like Twitter which has more anonymity behind its profiles. In contrast, users on networks such as Facebook use higher privacy settings where people tend to post more personal information about themselves. Teenagers put in a lot of effort managing their online content, often with their peer audience in mind. They actually have less concerns about being targeted by authorities or online marketers. Users should keep in mind the potential permanency of content being shared.
Photo-sharing has become a popular trend made possible by the fact that the majority of mobile devices now have built in cameras. It has become a bit of an obsession for teens to take photos of where they are and what they are doing, then post it to their social media to show all their friends. Instagram is a photostream based app that has photo editing abilities built into it. The trouble with photo-sharing is that most teens are not aware that photos can contain embedded information about the location in which it was taken. A lot of profiles on Instagram are left open for public viewing and many users are not aware of the dangers that can arise. (The topic of geo-tagging will be further explored in a later post.)
Lenhart, Amanda. “9 Things You Need To Know About Teens, Technology & Online Privacy.” Pew Research Centers Internet American Life Project RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/11/07/9-things-you-need-to-know-about-teens-technology-online-privacy/