Social Networks. Masks. Digital Safety


This crazy social media world opens doors that are unexpected. One for me is helping people "get" (Girlfriend, need I say it?) social media. 

Sometimes you have the opportunity to speak to a group where you feel honored to be invited. Sometimes it's even a personal pleasure. A couple of weeks ago I had the honor and pleasure to be invited to participate at an innovative program .. the 18th Annual Larry Bregman, MD Educational Conference

Sponsored by JF&CS* this conference was created to help adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their caregivers have fun while learning about topics that might not be addressed in other venues. Workshops ranged from Yoga, cooking, brain health, on the job communication and so much more.

I was asked to develop a session about social networking safety. Although I have never worked with this population, I knew one thing .. a lecture was not going to cut it. It had to be interactive from the start, fun and a little out of the box. The concept was masks. Yup masks! Mask

In social networks people often wear masks. Then again, in life we present different elements of our real self to different people. The big questions were: How do you know who is real? What can you give of your "real" yourself but still keep you safe?

With a touch of Diva style .. when people entered the room they were given a mask. In good spirit most of the folks put their masks right on and the fun began. What an amazing group of people! They shared their views and experiences, they challenged each other, asked smart questions .. they were the picture of engagement. We laughed and learned together. 

Your Digital Footprint! Most of Diva Marketing's community is savvy when it comes to online safety but for those who are new to participating in public digital conversations, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. remember that Google has a long memory. What you say today will be found many tomorrows from today.

Many people don't have a blog or personal website, but do have a LinkedIn profile. It is highly likely that when you are Googled (and you are and will be!) LinkedIn will come up first in a search. Look carefully at the image that you are projecting. Is it the best "mask" you are presenting of yourself to not only collegues but future clients, employers and the world at-large?

I've made the Bregaman deck available. Consider reviewing it not only with your friends who are new to the social web but your children as well. Show it to your kid's teachers and ask that, if they are not alreading doing so, that a social media safety module be added. Although it was built simply, the concepts are powerful and were meant to be used as talking points.

Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help along the way. 

In Social Networks You Wear Masks: How To Be Safe In A Digital World

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Great post and i liked the mask part. If we like the session from the beginning then the whole of it will be more of fun and we can share great views together.

Posted by: Virtual office assistant on Apr 15, 2011 12:37:16 AM

Great post. And yes, it is very important to present yourself in the best and appropriate way possible. Wear the best mask you have, present that to people because you may never know what holds in your future.

Posted by: Brian O'Connell on Apr 27, 2011 1:07:00 PM

Great post! Love reading it... I totally agree with Brian.. You have to look your very best everytime...

Posted by: Nicole on Apr 29, 2011 12:57:17 PM

Many people had died because of this social media. No one wants their lives to be at risk just because of this. That's why we always have to be careful of the informations we show in public.

Posted by: party bags on May 15, 2011 12:10:49 AM

Congrats! On a week that I am launching a new blog, I am glad to have found a veteran! I will follow you for 7 more years!

Posted by: Michelle Parlaman on Jun 6, 2011 2:11:15 PM

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