A few weeks ago, someone (and I didn't note down who, sorry - but please link your post in the comments, as you did a great summary for bloggers) posted about what they learnt from Mark Pearson's session at one of the blogging conferences. It was a great post and inspired me to buy the book, which I have devoured with an unhealthy fascination.
What I learnt most from it, is that there are HUGE risks facing our children, as this social media world is evolving and they are at the forefront of it all. Obviously as bloggers, we are taking on risk, and should be educating ourselves in this area - but what about non bloggers? Just Joe Random twitter user? The kid with a Facebook page and Instagram account? This book is a must read for any parent with children heading down this path. While not aimed at this market, it highlights, in a round about way the issues that are coming to court. (and as I learnt from the book, my ideas are not copyrighted, so feel free to write another book specific to this idea, Mark Pearson).
Images were lifted off social media to use in ad campaigns around the world - the American girl whose image was used on Australian billboards was not able to claim compensation (while her image was made fun of in a far flung country).
People have been sued for their negative Tripadvisor reviews. People don't think twice about writing the most malicious reviews they can, but they should.
We all just heard about the 16 year old twitter user at the Pink concert (criminal charges pending), and the 19 year old currently in jail for what he wrote on his FB page...a joke in poor taste, involving massacres, but a joke nonetheless. What about if the damage is amplified when you go travelling? One harmless joke about Royals could see you jailed once you land in certain countries...Countries quite close to our shores, so not out of the realm of a holiday destination.
What about those careless retweets? Every time you do that, you are actually 'publishing' the words, and can be accountable.
There is so much that the book touches on, and it really got me thinking about the brave new world that our kids are growing into. Who is guiding them on the rules and etiquette if not us, their parents? But what if we don't know ourselves?
I ordered my copy online but I'm sure all book stores would have a copy. I can not recommend this enough. If you are a blogger, there is plenty of good advice - but if you are a parent, I think it starts the conversation on a number of issues that we are only now seeing enter the legal systems of the world. Our little private online world is not so private, or privacy settings all but useless and our images and words can be taken and used against us. It may not necessarily be big brother, but big business is watching.
Linking up with Jess for IBOT and Blogs & PR for Talk to us Thursday