Media Literacy Week: Think before you tweet!

November 5th, 2012 by Dan Allan

Media Literacy Week runs from November 5th to 9th in an attempt to help Canadians navigate the many media messages encountered on a daily basis. Many of these messages originate from social media.

We use social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and our new blog to reach new audiences and stay in touch with the teachers and students who take part in our programming.

In particular, Twitter makes it easier to connect with elected officials and political candidates, as well as members of the public and the media interested in what we do. The theme to this year’s Media Literacy Week is “Privacy Matters,” and Twitter provides many examples of how your online privacy should always be a concern.

Anyone can read, save and share what you write or the pictures you share. As the following examples will show, this can have both positive and negative repercussions.

POSITIVE

NEGATIVES

For more examples, click here.

TIPS

The Politwitter website has some tips for MPs, candidates and all politicians for how to best use Twitter. Here are the highlights:

  • Use hashtags
  • Be authentic
  • Quality over quantity
  • Make your content shareable (and share other people’s content)
  • Don’t be too partisan

And remember, whatever you post could potentially be seen by anyone: a potential voter, an employer, your friends, and your family. Like with all social media, think twice before you hit send!

Dan

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