One of the most enlightening portions of ALA’s Privacy and Youth Conference, according to many attendees, was our discussion with a panel of local students. We heard from young men and women, from urban and suburban schools, sharing their perspectives on privacy as students in college and high school. The 15-minute panel discussion can be viewed below:
After the discussion, students engaged with other conference attendees in a lively Q&A, which is available in its entirety (approximately 40 minutes) here:
The student panel helped ground our conference discussions with some much-needed real world insight. It also gave the young people in attendance a chance to think and reflect on their own privacy attitudes, assumptions, and actions. Students shared the following sentiments after their conference experience:
- My advice to others is, â€œIf itâ€™s your business, you donâ€™t need to tell the world.â€
- Putting what you are doing on Facebook or Twitter is not safe.
- Everything we talked about at the Choose Privacy Week conference I already knew, but it did re-open my eyes for my own privacy. It is important.
- People need to know that information should be private, and there are people out in the world acting crazy. If you are putting your info up, they will come for you.
One student summarized her experience quite eloquently:
After attending the Privacy and Youth Conference, I have begun to think more seriously about my privacy; not just on the internet, but in other situations as well. I’ve started to ask, â€œWhy do they need that information about me?â€ The world does not need to know everything about me, yet there are so many circumstances where I am prompted to share personal information that does not seem necessary at all. The Privacy Conference and Choose Privacy Week have made me more aware of not only what I choose to share, but that I am entitled to the control over my own privacy. I would encourage others to become more conscious of how much they reveal about themselves and exactly what is safe to share.