A former high school student, Chelsea Chaney is suing the Georgia School District for using a photo of her that she had posted on her Facebook profile. I don’t think she knew what her privacy settings were, as they were set to “Friends of Friends.” This means that anyone who was her friend that had other friends could see her photos too, even if she didn’t know who they were!
What is the Fayette County school district arguing?
“Instead of choosing the numerous options that would allow her to exclude as many people as she wanted,” Chaney, who has since graduated, “chose the option that allowed the most number of people she could have allowed to view her page, the majority of whom she would not even know,” attorneys for the Fayette County school district argued.
“By choosing the ‘friends of friends’ option, which incidentally is the most public, inclusive choice she could have made because she was a minor at the time, [Chaney] allowed not only all of her friends to view her page, but each and every friend of each of her friends the same access.” -Daily Report
You know what? This is exactly what the perpetrators will argue. Your stalker will say that because you uploaded these photos of yourself, it’s YOUR FAULT! However, it’s not your fault! You never intended for someone to take your photos and twist them and judge them and label you as something that you are not! It’s not your fault someone else decided to take your photos and use it for their own pleasures! This is exactly what Curtis Clearly, the school district’s director of technology services did to Chelsea Chaney. Not only did he take her photo and add captions to it (in addition to using her full name) and made false allegations about her based on this one photo and his agenda. You should of known better Curtis!
One thing Curtis is right about, “Once It’s there, it’s there to stay.” This is the caption he added to the photo. IF had he asked her for permission, perhaps he would have used a different photo because I don’t think anyone would want to be the poster child for that message. Not only did he add this to his slide show presentation, he also made print outs of this presentation and gave them to every student and parent that was at the event. How awful and inconsiderate is that? Could you imagine people walking around with this flyer of you as a poster child for something you never intended to promote? As a former victim of Cyber Stalking, I don’t condone people who take other’s material even if they willingly post it on their personal pages, and use it for their own purposes, especially if they never asked me to use them in the first place, and without thinking how it may emotionally and financially or otherwise effect their entire life and career. This is outright wrong of him to have done this to her!
If you haven’t read the story for yourself, click here to read it on Huffington Post.
The lesson learned here is:
- Don’t post something online that you know someone might take and use against you even if you think you posted it privately. There are people out there who will do horrible things to you. It’s unfortunate that some of us had to learn it the hard way.
- Pay attention to what your Facebook privacy settings are. Facebook’s website is always changing! Did you know if someone tags you or you tag someone, their “friends” can also see your photos? This is a default setting! To prevent this from happening, go into your Facebook privacy setting and set it to Only Friends, or selective people.
- Know that it’s not your fault someone chose to pick you to further advance their own agenda.
- Stand up for yourself if someone does bully you.
- Fight back against issues like this so that it doesn’t happen to someone else.
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