Lesson objective: You will explore what kinds of information might be best kept “private,” how to customize privacy settings on social media and how to explain their decision-making process for their settings (e.g., why certain content is set to “friends only” vs. a “public” setting).
- How do you decide what information to share (and not share) online and with whom to share it?
- What role does social media play in your choices?
Privacy is the ability to control what other people know about you. You can do this by saying certain things about yourself (such as telling other people your address or what you like to do for fun) or doing things around other people (such as going to a shop with your friends and picking out what you want most).
Privacy matters whether you are in a room with other people or talking to them online. Privacy is based on your own personal decisions. What privacy means to you and your family might be very different than what privacy means to other people in this group and their families. If we’re more aware of what we value as private and how our behaviours online can shape our privacy, we’ll be able to make better choices about what kind of privacy we want. Privacy also changes depending on the type of information being shared and with whom it is being shared.
When you share information online, it’s important to consider who could see that information and whether you or the person whose information is being shared feel comfortable sharing that particular information with certain audiences. Some information could mean bad things in the future if it’s shared with the wrong people. If a stranger/person you don’t know well knows exactly where you live, then they could come to your house, which could be unsafe. While this might be more or less likely in different parts of the world, the risk (and potential harm) may outweigh the low probability that it could actually happen. In order to recognise the privacy choices that will keep you safe, you need to understand what the effects of sharing information are.