Should You Share That Picture Online?

I’m an only child. This means that I was inherently bad at sharing when I was a child. I mean, I never had to share my toys with anyone until I went to school, and when I was forced to share – well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. I know this for sure because I recently found a certificate of achievement that my Mom had stashed away in a box. It was from when I was in kindergarten and the ‘achievement’ was sharing. Yikes!

But I digress. Sharing is generally something most of us aspire to in life, quite generally. Someone at the grocery store took the last bag of cookies? We don’t punch them in the face and take the cookies, right? So sharing is good, right? All the time? Maybe not.

In a little (inadvertent) series of sorts, we’ve been offering up a few guides to digital citizenship over the past few days. Today’s was created by Common Sense Media, and tackles one of the issues we see a lot on social media – oversharing. Judging by what I see regularly on my social media, this concept really has passed a lot of people by. Teaching your students about appropriately sharing online is not only a part of teaching digital citizenship, but it will help to keep them in the good (social) graces of their friends, too (as someecards has so tactfully captured here).

The graphic below is an easy to follow flow chart that can help your students determine if something is share-worthy or not. It focuses specifically on photos, but can really be applied to many other types of information (like words, videos, etc).

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