Okay, we all know that Social Media is alive and strong, and it is becoming a normal way of life. We all join Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to link up to friends and share awesome stuff. What's the harm in what you share? Well... there could be depending on what you are posting. However, did you know about the wilderness that is internet culture? You might know professional and grandma internet culture, but the reality is a true jungle. (a line I got from a friend. Thanks, Gamer x45x (xfourtyfivex) twitch.tv/x45x). The book I'm about to share with you looks at just that: The Teens Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices-21 tips to wise posting in an insecure world by Jonathan McKee.
You've been there, right? You just sent that text in the heat of the moment to your best friend. You were upset. You didn't mean it harm, but apparently now the police are at your door.(Okay, maybe not all instances the police come, but you get the picture)
It's all about W-O-R-D-S. WORDS!!! Yes, and they are powerful things and more powerful when no one can see or hear the inflection in your voice. According to author Jonathan McKee's research, "20% of young people post something they regret once a week. Fifty-seven percent of Americans have posted something on social media that they regretted." (Text from the book Tip 15). Those statistics are frightening.
The internet is a bigger world than anyone has probably dreamed of. You got to have a mind. Don't share things that can be questionable (nudes, sexting, nsfw, etc; there are crimes about sharing that stuff and it is a fine line). Don't share information with someone you barely know, especially never give out your cell number or street address or tag your location. Those are big no-nos. Be wise. What for key questions, like what you look like. If they send you a picture, you better double check to make sure that isn't a fake one. There are many dangers.
There is just so much this book covers. When I first picked up the book, I thought I knew a lot about internet culture and the growing social media storm, but like my friend told me I only knew professional internet culture. Due to this problem, social media, I'm not allowed to speak to my friend at this time; I would very much apologize for anything that happened. He is still my friend. This book has shed so much light for me. Hindsight is truly 20/20, if only some issues could be easily resolved by reading a book like this.
This book made me very nervous and scared at first, it really was getting me to see the harms in social media. That is a good thing! Although, this book has a few mentions of Scripture, this book is for anyone, religious or secular, young or old. If you don't know internet culture, then you are in a heap and world of trouble. You must be smart and know what you are doing out there. Be careful!
This book is something that I will keep on my shelf. It really has helped me understand the real world of the Internet. I thank the publisher for letting me have the opportunity in my time of need to read such an eye opening book. God must've known I'd need this book right now in my life. I can't say more about this book. I hope it helps someone that comes upon this site. My prayers are with you in your social media journey and struggles.