The privacy of teenagers in social networks

teenagers in social networks

Social networks have been installed in our lives with determination and speed. Social relationships that help provide even basic needs of human beings. However, the dynamics with which they act and how to use those who partake of them generate undesirable effects related to privacy.

Main challenges of social networks: privacy and conviviality.

Social networks have added new risks to those who use the Internet since it was already a Social Network. However, we can highlight two important contributions by these online contexts that can compromise our well-being.

Loss of privacy. It is a fact that social networks in that they revolve around identified and identifiable persons have been compromised the privacy of those who use them. The loss of privacy is a harm in itself, indeed, a loss. It also implies a risk factor or catalyst in other unpleasant circumstances because the more you know a person, certainly more vulnerable is: think of a pederast harassment in a case of cyberbullying or in a traumatic end of a relationship staff. On the other hand, an undesirable effect derived and related to the loss of privacy is a digital identity forming more complex, consisting of more information, and more delayed, as it depends to a greater extent than other people concern about one.

Increased demand for ciberconvivencia. Social networking, I say, are the "Internet festivals". Enjoyed but we are all closer together, we touch more, even elbowing or pushing we unintentionally bumping into each other. This leads, as in the festivals, more and more fights affairs. The level of demand for living is high in social networks because, indeed, we "socialize", often abusively and without that we perceive.

How to protect privacy in social networks? Six Keys to help teens.

The protection of privacy in general and social media in particular should be an important issue in the training of children, according to studies from the eleven years they begin to flirt with these environments. To this end, six actions listed are the lines to encourage the skills and attitudes that they must be able to stimulate:

1. - Know in detail and set privacy options.

This is a key tip but, in general, assumed wrong. Teach configure privacy is important but I think the key is to help understand how they work and the possible effects of a bad configuration and limitations of these options. See this video for example.

Two. - Identify the functions and effects of each action.

Too often wrong and wrong instead locate some information. Some time ago Facebook made changes in this direction on a graphic warning of what places, in what way would propagate a particular comment. Moreover, even if the action causes the desired effect, often unknown what other implications or consequences. It is a land where the initiative is borne by the social network. The same happens in the discharge process, where it should be noted that the conditions imposed are of special importance and affect how and where to use our data, so it is necessary a detailed reading.

Three. - Protect personal data.

Data is essential and their particular significance should be made manifest to give them special protection. In this work laws protect us but, despite the large road traveled, not always efficient or applicable.

April. - Protect data personally.

This is a key aspect. The data (images, information ...) although in very different ways, often have self origin. This is the first filter. It seems obvious but we ourselves too much without thinking about your opportunity at different times or contexts.

5.-Maintain proactive in defending our own data.

In social networks are too abundant data that some people bring on the others and is, unfortunately and especially in adolescence, very common to do so unconsciously, negligent, or even reckless compulsive. Against this has to maintain a proactive attitude in defense of privacy and that means three things:

social networks- Inform others about our opinion in that regard.

- Monitor what is published about us.

- Function, if necessary, our right to delete them.

The labeling in the photographs is a very good example.

June. - Assess the attitudes and conditions Privacy of contacts.

Contacts, who called social networking "friends", are a key factor in relation to one's privacy. However, it is known that teenagers can add easily several hundred friends who have criteria about unknown and uneven. Regardless of your attitude, more or less considered, is important to know the conditions under which use social networks. These terms refer to their knowledge and skills and, in connection therewith, to their privacy settings. Thus, a contact that would be considerate and respectful inadvertently may affect our privacy configuration and / or inappropriate action.

At the base of all this is the culture of privacy : learning to appreciate and care for it. In this sense they are doing a remarkable job the Data Protection Agencies, beyond the protection of personal data carried out campaigns of awareness. An online resource for early sensitization are "The Adventures of Reda and Neto" Privacy Preserving really worth because the Internet is a very powerful discriminator of information and plenty, but that much memory ..
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