A tragic story (http://www.thenanfang.com/blog/girl-murdered-in-shenzhen-some-on-weibo-are-pointing-finger-at-social-media/) has surfaced in Shenzhen, China that some say points to the danger of broadcasting one’s location on social media channels.
Social networking is everywhere. We post tons of intimate details about our lives that we normally wouldn’t share with anyone. We think that as long as we make sure our privacy settings are set correctly that we are safe and snug within our circle of friends. The problem is that we never know who’s really looking at our information. Our friend’s Facebook account could have been hacked when they installed some rogue application, or their creepy uncle might be using their account because they forgot to log out. We also have many strangers as friends who have access to our information.
There are a lot of people who love the location tagging feature on Facebook that allows them to let people know where they are. The problem is that you have just told everyone that you’re on vacation (and not at your house). If you add how long your trip is then thieves know exactly how much time they have to rob you. My advice is not to provide your location at all. You can always upload your vacation pictures when you get home or text your friends to let them know how jealous they should be that you’re sipping an umbrella drink while they toil away at work.
Based on the potential dangers of social media, my questions are:
- Do you think Children should not be using the social media without some form of parental supervision or protection?
- What other things do you think we should not post on our social media?