Sunday, May 19, 2013

National Social Media Safety and Awareness Month



It's National Social Media Safety and Awareness Month. [Tweet this.] Actually, there is no such thing;
yet with so many awareness campaigns for other very important issues, I think it's about time we include important emerging trends that can be both good and evil at the same time. If nobody else is going to run with this, I'll stick my neck out. So...


"In honor of [Pseudo] Social Media Safety and Awareness month, by no powers vested in me, I, do hereby proclaim May, as Social Media Safety and Awareness month. I call upon all Humans to observe these events with appropriate updates, blogposts, trainings, ceremonies, and other activities in order to bring awareness to this emerging need. I also call on all educators, bloggers, news outlets, and appropriate officials of all units of social media and online press, to ensure that the updates on social media contain information on social media safety and awareness during this month." Lee Kolbert ~ May, 2013
If you believe in, and plan to adhere to this unofficial "edict," please follow the directions below and be sure to link back to this original post.

  1. Create an update or blog post and include the text from this post. Be sure to link back to this original post
  2. Share one or more ways users of social media can gain awareness of the benefits of effective use, as well as the unfortunate consequences of haphazardly posting inappropriate content. 
  3. Name a few other bloggers or online friends who might be interested in this campaign and implore them to contribute.
  4. Promote your campaign on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, G+, and all other areas where you maintain an online presence.
  5. Come back here and leave a comment with a link to your post. 
Let's see if we can make a difference. (Note: Even if you are not inclined to include your own ideas [hey, we all have a limited amount of time), feel free to just copy and paste this post into your blog or update, or just link back to this post.)

Here is my contribution to increase awareness of unintended consequences of oversharing.


I hope the following bloggers will contribute to this campaign by using their influence for good, and to spread the word:

10 comments:

Dr. Farmakis said...

Lee- This is a wonderful campaign! I fully support your initiative. Social Media Awareness and Safety needs special attention in our digital society.

Robin Bartoletti said...

We have posted our contribution on the Faculty eCommons. We think social media, when used correctly, can have an amazing influence on education. See out contribution here: http://wp.me/p3erjt-3LY

thegaspar said...

Thanks Lee! Here are my tips on internet safety for kids http://wp.me/p3vBUO-2T. I challenged @TheCR @Allegrativity @NataniaBarron

Rae Fearing said...

Thank you for this post. I added it to my Digital Citizenship Google Doc that I created during the last #CaEdchat goo.gl/bN31Z and will share it on my blog.
www.edtechyness.blogspot.com

Mary Schwander said...

Great campaign, Lee! Here is my post on behalf of the PA School Librarians Association. PSLA Blog

Lee Kolbert said...

Thanks to all of you for your support. I'm excited to see where this goes. Thanks for visiting my blog. Cheers!

khornberger said...

Thanks for a great and important initiative!!!! Here is my contribution http://tinyurl.com/qfsa8x9

Brenna said...

I will add my support. I love social media and find that it is very beneficial to sharing good news and features. I get frustrated when social media (especially Facebook) is used and abused as a way to gripe and complain and bash people and their problems. I love using social media (particularly Twitter, Google+, and Sulia) for professional articles and posts.
Thank you for starting this campaign.

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