Yesterday was Internet Safety Day. I know that Internet safety is a top priority in my line of business. When reading through my daily Social Media news, I noticed a disturbing article. A young man killed another young man then took a selfie with the body on Snapchat. Thankfully, someone did a screen shot and the young man can now be punished for his crime. This is a plus and minus for Social Media. The plus, it can catch a criminal, the minus is that several people were exposed the horror.
The day before Internet Safety Day, I was scolding three teenagers in my car in regards to using Snapchat responsibly. They were arguing about taking a “bad” picture down that one had taken of the other. I made them delete the “bad “ picture. Keep in mind, the “bad” picture was a goofy smile – nothing really serious. However, I did take it serious because you should have respect for your friends and if they do not want “bad” pictures them available for teenage ridicule online – then you respect your friend and take the picture down. I made each teenager post “I will use Snapchat responsibly #repost” in addition to removing the pictures.
The next day, Internet Safety Day – the teenagers had thought they started something because Snapchat had a Internet Safety graphic. Well, I let them believe it was a trend and they were apart of the new trend on Snapchat. In reality, I hope they have learned respect for one another and respect for the Internet.
Want to check out Snapchat’s Internet Safety go to: https://www.snapchat.com/safety