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Privacy Settings on Facebook: Protect Yourself by Thinking Twice

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Former student of Fayette County School District, Chelsea Chaney, is currently suing the school system for 2 million dollars.

Chaney reports on WBSTV that she “didn’t give permission for her photo to be used.” Her attorney, Peter Wellborn stated “their idea that putting something on Facebook gives them a license to steal it and Carte blanche to do with it what they did is wrong ethically, it’s wrong morally and it’s absolutely wrong legally.”

When one signs up for social media networking sites like Facebook they are, according to Facebook Privacy Settings, granting them the permission to use any and all information posted publicly to the website. Though you will still own all of the photos and information posted it is suggested on Facebook that one must, “always think before you post. Just like anything else you post on the web or send in an email, information you share on Facebook can be copied or re-shared by anyone who can see it.”

One element of a Defamation claim in Georgia according to Digital Media Law Project is “a false statement about the plaintiff.” Chaney also reported that next to the photo was the title “Once it’s there, it’s there to stay” during a district wide seminar that was dedicated to informing people of the risks of social media. This was “embarrassing” to Chaney according to the report made on WSBTV this past June.

Another former Fayette County School District student, Justin M., feels that “it doesn’t matter, as soon as she put it on the Internet it became free game for anybody”; including employers. Mr. M. also mentioned that people should read the privacy settings of these social media settings, people can see your information whether you give them permission or not because “you put it out there for them to see.”

His advice to youth of today is to “Be informed. Understand what you are doing when you put that information, that picture or you’re putting that video or whatever post up. What ever you say can be used against you, not only in the court of law but for getting a job, losing a job, losing a friend, or even a family member; because it is in the free market, in the middle of the internet, anybody can access it.”

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Get Smart or Get Lost (in cyber space)

Get Smart or Get Lost (in cyber space)

Technology, like the three-year-olds in my classroom, does not stay in one place for long. It is steadily advancing and grabbing ahold to the world around us. This leaves us two choices: Fall in line with the newest tech trend, OR get lost in cyber space somewhere! Which will you choose?

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Most smartphone users who have ever utilized the Google Maps App have recently  noticed how it Google has made a few drastic changes. Changes such as integrating traffic updates, Zaggat reports and reviews on hot spots in town and even “user specific” ads are now shown on the bottom. I don’t know about you but I think it overcomplicates the- what used to be so simple- navigation app it replaced.

If that wasn’t enough to get your mind running at full speed; lets review Samsung’s latest idea of releasing a SmartWatch. Yes, basically a more compact smart phone that you don’t have to have pocket space for as long as you have an arm. This isn’t the first time a company has tried to unveil this on the world but with many years of trial and error I am pretty sure Samsung will have it right this time. Also, to ensure that it helps them sell other Samsung products it is rumored that you won’t be able to get apps from the Google App store; Samsung will have its own market for customers. Thus making sure that it is paired with other high tech Samsung devices like the Galaxy S4. For full tech specs and rumored possibilities of this high tech gadget for your wrist visit samsmobile.com.

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Last but certainly not least, there is Mark Zuckerberg. CEO and Founder of Facebook, Zuckerberg seeks to attain Internet for everyone who does not already have access to it. What if you didn’t have Internet (or a Facebook) for a reason? Like myself, I only have a Facebook because it is required for school and work.  Either way according to a recent reuters.com article Facebook has teamed up with several companies to help make this project happen. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s population is still without internet and that is just not acceptable to Zuckerberg who has projected that in the near future people will be using Facebook for more than just tot keep in touch with friends. It seems the ultimate goal is not for free Internet but for a lower costing Internet so everyone can utilize social networking sites like Facebook.

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with an Dell laptop in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica
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This still leaves the questions:

  1. What if I am not as tech savvy as my neighbor and still feel like mailing a letter is better than sending an email any day?
  2. Will I be forced to one day soon latch on to these tech trends that are out of my budget because it is what is expected?



Technology is everywhere and is never going away. Whether we are two or 92  it is going to affect us in some way. It is your choice how.

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