Your online self is effectively ubiquitous (Pearson, 2009). For both the individual and organisation the message is clear, be informed. Forty two percent of surveyed respondents always or often use the same password when registering at a website (De Rosa, Cantrell, Havens, Hawk, and Jenkins, 2007). Falls (2010)advises separating your social networking logins, passwords and perhaps even emails from your financial information credentials.
The online presence of organisations, including schools has increased dramatically. Facebook and Twitter accounts are a must. However, with an online identity comes responsibilities. Claire Robinson (as cited in Harris, 2010) advises schools ‘to have a very clear and robust acceptable use policy which is a living breathing document’. Vague policies are unacceptable. It is the process of its creation and evolution that is most powerful. All stakeholders must be consulted as it is imperative that they understand and implement it. Harris (2010) advocates the creation of an organisation Facebook account, so students/clients can become fans, to avoid teachers friending students and falling prey to inappropriate communication. A poll conducted by Sarah Elliot on January 24, 2012 on INF506 Facebook Group page shows agreement, with 21 out of 24 participants voting against teachers friending students.
One needs to set high privacies and security settings in social media sites.It is important to explore what privacy means among different user groups (Raynes-Goldie,2010). Anonymity and privacy are often confused, the former is not a core attribute of the web (Pearson, 2009). Never write anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother (Pearson, 2009) or mother (Schriro, 2011) to read is a good rule of thumb. Nothing online is truly private.
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