How do you describe social media to your students?
I use the house analogy.
My digital world is a house I build with social media. Each platform is a room within that house. Though they each have doors and windows that open to the outside world, I choose what people can see through those windows and doorways, whether or not I allow them inside and once inside, how far I allow them to go. Even if I let them in, I may still have my most precious possessions locked away like certain family photos. Or only allow certain people further in.
Each room has its purpose.
My art rooms include video on my Youtube channel, or my Youpic feed.
My workshops include my LinkedIn, Academia, and ResearchGate profiles.
Some of my rooms are connected so guests can move between those spaces as my facebook, twitter, and instagram profiles may post to one another and people can follow links from one to the others.
Most importantly, I remind students, if they want to be found for graduate study, internship or career opportunities, they need to have an address, where they can be found. Skype, Facebook messenger, Whatsapp, Groupme, and others also provide a kind of home phone for your digital home so colleagues, friends and family can reach you.
But just as importantly, if there is something you do not want your boss, teacher, or parents to see, don’t put it in these public rooms.
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