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Think Before You Share (Grade 7)

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Think Before You Share

The next time you're online, think about what you share with others. Do you forward pictures or videos of your friends from your phone? Do you have a profile on a social network, or a blog?

You have tons of opportunities to share all kinds of information - about yourself, your family, and your friends - when you're online. Before you do, keep in mind: Your online actions can have real-world consequences. The pictures you post and the words you write can affect the people in your life. Think before you post and share.

Think Before You Share

What you post could have a bigger "audience" than you think.

Even if you use privacy settings, it's impossible to completely control who sees your social networking profile, pictures, videos, or texts. Before you click "send," think about how you will feel if your family, teachers, coaches, or neighbors find it.

Once you post information online, you can't take it back.

You may think that you've deleted a comment or a picture from a site - or that you will delete it later. Know that it may still be online or saved on someone else's computer.

Get someone's okay before you share photos or videos they're in.

Online photo albums are great for storing and sharing pictures. It's so easy to snap a shot and upload it instantly. Stop and think about your own privacy - and other people's - before you share photos and videos online. It can be embarrassing, unfair, and even unsafe to send or post photos and videos without getting permission from the people in them.

Politeness counts

Texting is just another way for people to have a conversation. Texters are just like people talking face-to-face or on the phone: they appreciate "please" and "thank you" (or pls and ty).

Tone it down.

In online conversations, using all CAPS, long rows of exclamation points or large bolded fonts is the same as shouting.

Avatars are people too.

When you're playing a game or exploring an online world where you can create a character and interact with others, remember real people are behind those characters on the screen. Respect their feelings just like you would in person. Remember that your character or avatar is a virtual version of you - what does it tell people about you and your interests?
1. 
Which conclusion is most likely true, based on the information in this text?
  1. Posting people's pictures on the web is offensive to many people.
  2. Almost everyone has an online blog that is designed to be accessible to the public.
  3. Online conversations are virtually identical to those held face to face.
  4. Posting information online without permission has caused problems for some friends and families.
2. 
Which statement about avatars is most likely true?
  1. Avatars are completely anonymous so demonstrate nothing personal.
  2. Avatars are online figures and cannot be used by anyone other than you.
  3. Avatars are exact replicas of you so reveal your appearance in detail.
  4. Avatars are chosen by you so contain subtle references to who you are.
3. 
Which statement about online privacy settings is most likely true?
  1. They are not considered infallible.
  2. They are easy for someone to hack and change.
  3. They are guaranteed to protect your online data.
  4. They are automatically put in place when you go online.
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