I thought to myself what a simple statement and what a powerful message.
I look at the connective power of social media, how it allows to you build on the traditional notion of community and expand the boundaries of that concept. But… what if you want a smaller community? What if you want to be less connected? What if you want control over your connections?
Basil Kolani wrote a great piece called “This revolution is already televised…” where he talked about this in terms of cyberbullying, but what I am talking about should not be confused with that. What I am talking about is slightly different.
This idea — and the conversations that can be had — can be modeled in school. They can be had during assemblies, in homerooms, in advisory periods, about what it means to conduct your life online. Digital Citizenship, 21st Century Skills, Online Ethics… whatever it is we are calling it now, are all things we need to continually teach. In the end is about how to conduct yourself as a good person; someone who respects not only themselves and their friends, but also those they may not be friends with.
You need to be able to say, “Untag me”.
Additional Resources – updated 1/13/2011
- “Risk Reduction Strategies on Facebook” from Danah Boyd @zephoria
- “Have you developed your personal social media policy?” from Angela Connor @Communitygirl