Even though the internet has only been around for a few decades, many standards have been set in place already. With the ability to share whatever we want on the internet, whether it may be our thoughts, pictures, music, etc., some of us may not realize what happens after we hit that “post” button.
Most of us have heard of Facebook. Most of us have posted on Facebook. But what really happens when we use one of the most popular websites in the world? Facebook actually tracks our habits, determines our likes and interests, and sells such information to advertising companies who are willing to pay thousands. And those ads that you see on the side when you’re scrolling through your news-feed? They’re tailored to what we see in other sites. Facebook has the ability to record which ads we see, and then they partner with advertisement firms that monitor what we do in the real world. The more ads we see, the more applicable to our lives they become. This invasive advertisement tactic can be further explained in the video Why Facebook Isn’t Free.
But the internet isn’t all bad. No, the internet can be fun! The internet is for sharing the things we love! On a daily basis, think about how many things are being posted, tweeted, reblogged and shared with people. It’s mind boggling and we do it everyday. But just as you would share something in real life, make sure to give credit where credit is due online. In fact, there are many do’s and don’ts for the online world. You can see some of those do’s and don’ts below:
One of the don’ts mentioned above is worth going into deeper detail. It is very important to understand why it is wrong to steal other people’s work online. It is also important to understand what copyright means. From the Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning slideshow, it states that the purpose of copyright is to promote creativity, innovation, and the spread of knowledge. If the people that were making original content always had their work stolen, why would they keep sharing their unique and innovating ideas? The people creating their own content need to be protected, and this makes sense. Would you want someone else to take credit for your hard work? Probably not. So never take credit for something someone else did.
The internet can be a scary place. Most of us seem unaware of the things that go beyond our screen, like the fact that multiple websites have the ability to record and track our digital footsteps. It is important to stay aware of what’s going on around us, and take precautions. Whether that may be using incognito mode while browsing the web, or installing Ad-blocker, staying up-to-date with what’s going on in the digital world is in the best interest for all of us. However the internet can be a fun place as well. Sharing the things you love with the people you love, being able to talk to people around the world, and having the ability to make a name for yourself are just a few of the things that the internet has made possible for us. Just remember to always follow the do’s and don’ts of the internet to keep yourself and others safe.