Here we go...


So, day two. What am I going to write about....

Well, I'm gonna be all topical. You've heard of that thing in the news called The Snappening?

If you're not familiar, basically a fuck ton of images sent via Snapchat that are meant to be private, and self-destruct after ten or so seconds, have all been saved and distributed online. Apparently it's a treasure trove if you have a weird fetish for people taking their dog for a walk or other mundane activities, but the main problem here is that lots of people have used Snapchat to send photos that they wouldn't want anyone else seeing... and now everyone can see them.

It's even worse when you realise that the majority of Snapchat's user base is aged between 13-17 which means that in these hundreds of thousands of images, there is potentially a lot of child pornography.

My major issue with this whole thing isn't that these photos have been stolen. Anything online can be hacked into should their be enough desire for it. The issue is that people think that when they put something out on the internet, no matter via which service, that it is safe. I know plenty of people will go, "oh it's unfair to victim shame". That's not what I mean. It's not wrong that people have taken these photos, that's their choice. And yes, they should be able to use a service and not worry about hackers, but unfortunately that is not the world we live in.

All of my web presence, social networks and all, is completely public. I made that a rule of mine a few years ago when a friend of mine showed me how easy it was for him to get into my private accounts. Following that rule of thumb, everything that I do online, from private messaging, to emails, video chat, whatever, I always make sure that what I'm doing/saying, I would be %100 happy with showing to the whole wide world. Because there's a great chance that it could end up with that publicity.

We need to educate people, especially young people more on this. There should be an actual class in school on how to use social media properly, and don't give me that bullshit "oh, it's all covered in ICT", the majority of ICT lessons are spent playing flash games and tutorials on the mundane side of personal computers.

We need an engaging lesson. One that simply teaches, social media can be fun, but, be careful. And we should use an extreme example, like, that video of you singing Backstreet Boys* when you were five could END UP EVERYWHERE!!

Much love,
Sam x

*Disclaimer: I have nothing against Backstreet Boys. In fact I think they're one of the better Pop groups of the late nineties.