Being a Hero in the World of Bad Guys

Cyber bullying has become a major issue in our society. Studies show that 42% of kids are harassed in some way online. This growing problem can lead to depression, anxiety, various other mental disorders and in some terrible cases, suicide.

“Bullying is killing our kids. Being different is killing our kids and the kids who are bullying are dying inside. We have to save our kids whether they are bullied or they are bullying. They are all in pain”

-Cat Cora

However, this often can be prevented. Here are some steps that Erik Qualman discusses in his book What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube.

  1. Do not communicate with cyberbullies
  2. Notify the abuser’s online services
  3. Search online to ensure there are no photos or compromising personal information, which could be used against you
  4. Think twice before posting anything that could hurt someone’s reputation
  5. Don’t put anything online that other people may find offensive
  6. Encourage children to seek help from adults if they feel threatened
  7. Never share your password
  8. Log off all online accounts especially those on public computers
  9. Set your privacy settings
  10. If you see bullying, tell the offender to stop; hurtful behavior is not acceptable
  11. Activities that are illegal offline are illegal online
  12. When you witness bullying and choose to ignore it, your silence implies acceptance. Be an “upstander” not a bystander.
  13. Do not send messages when you are angry
  14. Do not cyberbully. Model appropriate behavior

We can help put an end to the epidemic. Many social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Tumblr provide ways to report and stop cyber bullying. Its essential that we use these tools to end the indecency. Standing by only make the matter worse.hero

It is time for heroes to stand up for the victims of cyber bullying and for the victims to stand up for themselves.

Every human being has value, has dignity and has power to stand up and report bullies.

Remember, you are not deserving of this and you do not need to take it.

“I realize that bullying never has to do with you, it’s the bully who’d insecure.”

-Shay Mitchell

 

All Hail King Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, may have more in common with King Phillip the IV than just appearances. Zuckerberg too, holds power and leads a multitude of people. Through his Facebook kingdom he has lead society into a new age of new media.

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Zuckerberg had no idea the great masses his Facebook inventiohn would capture. In today’s society it is almost crucial to have such social media platforms to keep up with competition and trends.

One quote in particular really stands out:

“Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They’re keeping up with their friends and family, but they’re also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They’re connecting with the audience that they want to connect to. It’s almost a disadvantage if you’re not on it now.”

-Mark Zuckerberg

It truly indeed is a disadvantage to not utilize Facebook and other platforms like it. Erik Qualman discusses this in his book What Happens On Campus Stays on Youtube. In chapter 5 he covers the various websites that can be used to showcase your accomplishments and qualifications. Portfolios are a great way to highlight your successes.

This however is not the only way employers gather information about you. 93% of human resources officers use social media to collect information about applicants.

This is why it is so important to keep a positive image online and brand yourself the way you want employers to see you. This new age of technology is reliant on your social presence and having an impressive social media page can actually put you ahead of the others.

Finding Privacy in a World of No Privacy

Chapter four of What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube by Erik Qualman is the most important chapter I have come across thus far. Protecting your identity is crucial to your financial as well as physical well being. There are many safety tips this book covers and I found important to share with my friends and family.

  1. Be careful with under the door menus.
    • Don’t put personal information on menus or order cards that are slid under the door at hotels. Predators use these to get your credit card information. Instead, call the company directly to make orders.
  2. Your Smart Phone is vulnerable
    • Having the latest security software lowers risk
  3. Do not use public Wi-Fi for financial transaction
  4. Beware of free Wi-Fi
    • Identity thieves may name Wi-Fi spots to appear safe like “hotelwifi” but this is not secure.
  5. Avoid phishing scams
    • Go directly to websites rather than using links in emails will ensure better safety
  6. Set up password for online card use
  7. Be careful on online auctions, such as eBay
    • Avoid paying by check or money order
  8. Destroy digital data
    • When you dispose of a computer system be sure the data is completely destroyed.Use strong passwords for all online accounts
  9. Limit the personal info you share online
  10. Be careful shopping online
    • Do your research to ensure you are only buying off secure sites. The “s” on https:// means it is secure.
  11. Confirmation of order
    • Screenshot confirmation pages that include customer information, product info and confirmation number.
  12. Keep track of personal information
    • Do not carry extra credit cards, social security cards, birth certificates or passports on you. Keep them locked in a safe place.
  13. Check your credit report often to ensure info is accurate and only includes activities you authorize.
  14. Destroy hotel key cards because they carry all the personal info you provide the front desk.
  15. Ask for credit card verification
    • Signing the back of your card with “SEE ID” tells clerks to check your ID when you use your card.
  16. Always sign out of accounts after using them
  17. Keep copies of cards and documents
    • This gives you quick access to the companies’ 1-800 number and info to cancel cards if stolen
  18. Treat mail with care
    • collect mail daily, drop important mail in secure post office mail boxes, switch to paperless billing and have the post office hold your mail while you are on vacation.

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Being Alive vs. Living: The battle fought out through Live Tweeting

 

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In class we were introduced to live tweeting as Karen Freberg lectured us in a video call. We were told to live Tweet during her lecture and highlight important points.It was during this process that I realized just how distracting  and surface level this Twitter update charade was.

While trying to condense her insightful points in under 140 characters, I found myself more focused on my own thing and not paying attention to the great advice Karen had to share.

I feel I missed at least 40% of the lecture and this truly showed in the post survey we took. Rather than being more engaged in the conversation, it actually pulled me away.

We as a society spend a great portion of our time with our heads buried in our phones or computers. We have lost the skill of interpersonal communication and good listening skills. Our attention spans are much shorter and our emotional connection with people is very shallow.

This applies to live Tweeting. By turning our focus to our phones rather than the person in front of us, we are distancing ourselves and disconnecting from the fundamentals of communication.

Gestures like looking people in the eyes, taking hats off when shaking hands or as a sign of respect in a building, opening doors for those around us and being fully present in conversation are dying habits.

Many are slowly loosing our simple roots by being caught up in the new age. Number of followers or friends online now defines success and happiness. Online interaction exceeds interpersonal interaction.

I can’t tell you how many of my friends refuse to call someone for information because they rather find it online. They are scared to make a phone call and talk to a stranger regarding closing times, product info, reservations or other company information.

Many pizza companies even allow mobile pizza ordering so you never have to talk to another human.

For another assignment I had to live tweet a televised event. I chose the premier of The Bachelorlette. This is one of my all time favorite shows, and for that reason I regret live tweeting it.

This pulled me away from the show and made me miss many major and hilarious parts.

After conquering these two assignments, I vow to myself to be fully present and fully aware in my future lectures, conversations and Bachelorette episodes.

I’d rather live in the moment an fully experience each situation at hand. Social media is important and has it’s place, but its place is always second to the present.

With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility

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In the great words of everyone’s favorite Uncle Ben, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Social media and technology has given our society great power. Power to spread news within seconds of an event occurring, power to build an expansive reputation, power to market and outreach to consumers like never before and the power that comes with the limitless capabilities the internet holds.

Social Media has greatly changed the way we communicate, market, interact and stay connected with the world. However, with these exciting benefits comes the need for social responsibility.

Chapter two of What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube by Eric Qualman covers testimonies and stories of individuals that failed to be responsible with their media connections.

Of these testimonies many people lost their jobs, their freedom, their families, their good reputations and in some cases even their own life.

With the constant inflow of messages and media blowing up our phones we often get immersed and obsessed with keeping up with it. But doing this while driving harms not only you but others on the road. Irresponsibly using your phone while driving may lead to severe injury or death.

Posting distasteful content on personal pages can lead to other grave consequences. Racist and sexist comments along with offensive language can lead to loosing your job and disgracing your company.

Individuals must be responsible about how they present themselves and the digital footprints they leave behind. What we post is a reflection of who we are,and what we stand for. Negative posts are not only harmful to oneself but to their team, social group, workplace and families.

Threatening and offensive content can lead to jail time, school expulsion and  being fired from a job. With the rate of school shootings increasing it leaves law officials no choice but to act on online threats.

Cyber bullying is irresponsible and dangerous. People are mean, but when they have a little screen to hide behind they can become ruthless. This violence online has lead to numerous suicides and mental disorders.

It is time we take responsibility. It is time we harness the power of media and use it for good.

We can rise together and choose to use social media in a positive and constructive manor. Communicating, marketing and networking positively. We can stand up and be Social Media Superheroes! Strive to be the ones that put a stop to cyber bullying, irresponsible  content and the dangers of texting while driving.

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It’s Not What You know, But Who You Know

In Eric Qualman’s book, What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube, readers learn not only about social media but about themselves. This book is full of life advice along with media etiquette. This goes to show that integrity and reputation go hand in hand offline as well as online.

Good reputation= Good network

A major point in the first chapter covers the idea of how your network online and offline can lead to your long term success. A few of these tips include:

  1.  Network before you need your network
  2. Face-2-Face cannot be replaced
  3. The power of a letter
  4. Join your campus community online
  5. You represent your school, organization, team and family
  6. Be a Baker not an Eater
  7. Surround yourself with success
  8. Teach and train your fellow students, friends and family

Surrounding yourself with successful people influences who you are and how you are inspired. It’s important to maintain relationships with people in your network that you may need a favor from later. People don’t like to feel used, so calling only when you need something is not your best move.

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Joining your campus community ensures that you are connected with individuals in your own community. Having a broad network leads to more connections.

The quality of your network is more important than the quantity. Maintaining relationships and  solidifying relationships online as well as offline ensures quality and closeness. Face-to-face conversations can never beat the impersonal online connections. Writing letters are another great way to show you care and want to connect.

“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.”

-Russell Simmons

 

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

-Oprah Winfrey

This works both ways. If you want good people to surround you, then you yourself must rise to the standards in which you have set for others. By being a baker rather than an eater, it means to provide more than you consume. Always be a helpful asset to your network.

 

Minding Your P’s and Q’s in the Media

I am starting this blog for my New Media class and as I read our required text I am seeing that this information is vital for people of all ages. Media encompasses people of all walks of life. The young and the old. The rich and the poor. The educated and the noerikqualmant so educated. However, there is one thing that all media users have in common. This is the need for respect and the need of media etiquette.

In the book we cover, What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube by Erik Qualman, it emphasizes common media etiquette and highlights tips and reminders of how all media users should act and interact.

We all know that one person on social media that drives you crazy or flat out offends you. You are thinking of them right now I’m sure! They may even fit into one or more of these categories:

  • The Ranter: Often brings up religion, politics, and their precious babies that do nothing wrong but are always wronged by others, because once again their precious angel can do no wrong. Or they themselves have a lot to complain about.
  • The Chameleon: Often takes on new identities, changes personalities, and leads an alternate life online than who they are in person. This person posts lots of dramatic pictures with #adventure, #party, and #explore while actually posing in front of a bathroom mirror.
  • The Spammer: This person is likely to blow your news feed up with Mary Kay makeup, It Works, Herbalife, Jamberry Nails or other such consultant to consumer companies.
  • The Troll: This person has an opinion about every post and is ready to argue about any subject whatsoever. This person’s objective tends to be starting drama.

Whichever type of media user you may be, this book is still a helpful reminder of proper media use and etiquette. Here are just a few of the topics covered that you may share with those not so media savvy members.

  1. Common Sense is Not That Common
    • Offline and online actions can always be discovered.
    • Present your self and protect yourself online.
    • Your digital reputation is your reputation.
  2. Live as Though Your Family is Watching
    • Always think twice before posting.
  3. Keep it Simple
    • Determine what you stand for and have your social media reflect that.
  4. Have Your LinkedIn Account 100% complete
  5. Don’t Post Whispers
    • This means Yik Yak and other anonymous cites.
    • If you wouldn’t say it to someone in person and it doesn’t reflect your best self then don’t post it.
  6. Integrity and Reputation are Now One
    • With media everything we do or say is seen by the world.
  7. What’s Your Digital Compass?
    • Watch what people can find when they Google your name.
  8. Be FLAWsome
    • Admit your own flaws and rock them rather than hide them and risk being seen as fake.
  9. Privacy is Your Problem
    • Don’t assume privacy settings will protect you, still avoid posting personal information like addresses and GPS locations.
  10. Have One Digital Identity
    • Have your presence consistent on all social platforms. Having a professional account and a personal account  of party pictures will still get you in trouble.
  11. Complain= Digital Pain
    • Keep your digital footprint positive and avoid negative rants.
  12. Post it forward
    • Make a habit of spreading positivity and support for the people you are connected with to maintain connects.
    • Happy birthday and congrats posts are great ways to spread good vibes.