Facebook. Instagram. People of all ages are hooked on all forms of social media. But with new forms of communication popping up almost weekly, (have you heard of Snapchat, yet?) the dangers of sharing too much information and with the wrong people increase immensely.
Attorney General Beau Biden spoke to Ursuline Academy middle school students on just these types of dangers on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Biden, although well-versed in many of the social media platforms, having an 8-year-old daughter at home, received an eye-opening education from the Ursuline students on the role social media plays in their everyday lives.
When asked who has a Facebook account, every student in the room raised their hand. Every student showed equal enthusiasm for Instagram, an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take a photo, apply a digital filter to it, and share it with people.
"Follow the golden rule that your parents taught you — don't talk to strangers," Biden said.
Biden expressed that this rule is even more important when talking to people on the internet or sharing information on social media. He said people are often willing to share more information about themselves in the privacy of their own homes in front of their computers, than if they were talking to a complete stranger face-to-face.
Natalie Onesi, a seventh grader at Ursuline, found Attorney General Biden's discussion very informative.
"He had a new perspective and presented it with examples," said Onesi, who first started using social media to preserve photos.
Onesi carries around words of wisdom from her mother before she "friends" anyone on Facebook: "I make sure I have a legitimate conversation in person before I become their friend."
Morgan Blasetto, an eighth grade student, enjoyed how Biden interacted with the audience.
"I make sure I know all my friends (on Facebook)," she said.