One of my favorite shows I DVR on a weekly basis is Criminal Minds. The show is based on a crack team of FBI profilers that solve all kind of criminal activity from various serial killers. The episode that got me thinking was called “The Internet is Forever” Three young women have gone missing and each abducted from their home without signs of forced entry. Through Garcia, the tech guru, the team learns that the unsub (bad guy) is tracking these women through social networking sites.
I remember twitting about the fact if my wife saw this episode she would cancel her Facebook page. Hopefully she doesn’t see this post…shhhh. I digress. They mentioned Facebook and Twitter and how social networks were an easy way for predator to find their victims, due to the fact they posted everything from what they were eating to where there were going.
Am I guilty of this…yep!
Do I think all the friends and followers I have are crazy predators…nope!
Well at least I hope not.
But it does beg the question, what and how much info should we share in our new lives of social networking? Unfortunately for us Internet relationships are not a passing fad. We are dealing with a movement or community that is going faster than anything we have ever seen.
The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. -Eric Schmidt
You can either use the Biblical theme “to much is given, much is required” or by way of Ben Parker “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Either way our bottom line should be “wisdom” while using our love for the World Wide Web, especially when it comes to our children. Sexting has become common and many parents get their children unlimited internet/text/calling phone plans with no type of parental control. Underage pornography is rapidly growing in our society and our own children have in some way or another taken part whether being in the picture/video, looking or sharing.
So the bull is in the china shop…how do we calm him down? Not an easy task, but it starts will each one of us being responsible for what we do, say and put out in a media that has a very long memory.
Having said all of that, I’m not a social networking hater. I have put somethings out there I wish I could take back, yet I can’t, but I love what social networking brings in its context….no more no less. So if you aren’t a serial killer predator hit me up on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin or check up my videos on YouTube.
If you are a serial killer predator…you did not see this blog post… *waving my hand using Jedi mind trick*