Youth Reflection: Learning from Phelps’s Mistake

February 17, 2009 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Ypulse Youth Advisory Board member, Libby, has some insightful reflections on what Gen Y can learn from the recent scandal caused when a photo of Michael Phelps smoking from a bong was released to the media.

Libby’s reflections are a great example of what I also consider the most important takeaways from Phelps’s experience:  

A) be aware of the activities you choose to engage in and their ramifications (it goes without saying that illegal drug use is never a good idea and not condoned by OneSeventeen Media)  

B) exert caution in the content you post online and the content others collect and post online about you.  Savvier tweens and teens grasp the point about not posting their own lewd content, but extending the criteria to the content  others collect is key.  

Libby provides an articulate example of the deep understanding of social media sharing today’s youth must sort out to be savvy 21st Century citizens. OneSeventeen Media looks forward to providing a forum and resources to help tweens and teens grow their understanding of digital citizenship.  

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  • 1. bcarls  |  February 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I love Libby’s tip about setting up a Google alert for your own name. I have always done that for topics related to our business – like bullying, for example – but have never thought about doing that for myself. Great tip!


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