Privacy scenarios: What should you do?
Scenario 1: A kid you know at school gets bitten by a weird insect that causes an ugly multicolored rash on her stomach. She doesnʼt want other people to know.
- Do other people have a right to know?
- Should you be the one to tell them?
Scenario 2: Someone writes in their personal journal. Another person copies what they wrote and posts it online.
- Was the other person wrong to post the journal entry?
- How would you feel if someone did this with something you intended to keep private?
Scenario 3: Someone posts, “Have a good vacation,” on a friendʼs social media page.
- Had the friend announced publicly that they were going away? Did they want everybody to know?
- Are there more private ways to communicate this message – such as sending a direct message or text?
Scenario 4: You know a student made a fake social media account impersonating another student in a negative way and includes their personal information.
- Does the student have a right to know?
- Should someone tell a teacher or other trusted adult? How? What could happen if nobody does?
- It’s not obvious who made it, but you know who did it. Should you give this information to a trusted adult?
Review four scenarios with your children and discuss how each one might have a different privacy solution.
Different situations call for different responses online and offline. It’s always important to respect other people’s privacy choices, even if they aren’t the choices you’d make yourself.