Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Digital Footprint and Cyberbullying Tips

Here are some tips for everyone using the internet. These tips apply in particular to all perpetrators, trolls, victims and voyeurs of cyberbullying:
  1. Most importantly, consider your digital footprint. What you put in the public domain is public! It therefore could have far reaching consequences. If you want to make defamatory remarks about someone, don't (or do so in private). One's primary responsibilities are to oneself, one's family and one's school. Think about the consequences of your actions.
  2. Think before you tweet. The speed at which remarks can snowball on Twitter in particular is quite frightening, what with RTs, PLNs, 140 chars etc.
  3. Screen Capture any evidence.
  4. Don't get involved if it's someone else's spat. Let them fight their own battles, don't become their patsy and don't join the mob.
  5. Don't even reply once if vitriol is aimed at you in the public arena (this applies to adults and kids).
  6. Don't tweet if you are bored, only boring people are bored.
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