By Talia Rodwin, AWARE® Intern
The internet is simultaneously extremely public and very private. Teens especially share intimate details about themselves with large groups of acquaintances or even strangers, using the internet and social media to publicly post personal experiences as a means of connecting with others. But what about the information they do want to keep private? How much do teens know about their security and privacy protection rights online? Apparently, very little. This is largely due to dense and inaccessible terms and conditions sections of the apps and sites they use.
- “Don’t bully anyone or post anything horrible about people.”
- “Officially you own any original pictures and videos you post, but we are allowed to use them, and we can let others use them as well, anywhere around the world. Other people might pay us to use them and we will not pay you for that.”
- “Although you are responsible for the information you put on Instagram, we may keep, use and share your personal information with companies connected with Instagram. This information includes your name, email address, school, where you live, pictures, phone number, your likes and dislikes, where you go, who your friends are, how often you use Instagram, and any other personal information we find such as your birthday or who you are chatting with, including in private messages (DMs).”