It seems that this generation, however, is growing up in very different times. Many don't understand how to change privacy settings and those who do often don't bother. As a teacher, my immediate reaction is concern for student development and well being. I cannot imagine what it must be like to have your every thought and mistake recorded permanently for the world to see. This concern is wonderfully captured by a quote in an NPR interview conducted with Google Executives about privacy in the new digital age:
"From birth till your death now, going forward, your online profile will be shaped more and more by online events, what people say about you, and it will be very difficult for you to control that. And so the reality is that a child growing up today will find more and more of the things said about them and the things they do accumulate over time. What we're seeing is, in one generation we're going from a very small number of people having access to information, to almost everyone having access to the entire world's information. That will change almost everything"
What will this next generation do? How will they overcome this potential obstacle as they enter the already large challenge called adulthood? I've heard so many stories where bad social media posts have ruined someone's life. For example, the podcast episode called Silence and Respect from Reply All is ALL about how a girl's life was ruined from one post on Facebook.
"We believe that these problems can be solved, and one of the great things about our society is that you can write these predictions out, and people will attack them and they will solve them."
What do you think? Will this issue ever be solved? Please feel free to leave a comment and disc