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Shiko99
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Philip_Rose
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Is it a good idea to post your pictures or videos of yourself online?

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Started: 3/18/2013 Category: Technology
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Shiko99

Con

Hi everybody, I believe posting your pictures online is not a good idea at all. While many people post their pictures online on social media websites like Facebook or Twitter, many don't think about the possible consequences. As we all know, the Internet is a very dangerous place where many would-be criminals can target teenagers, children and vulnerable groups of people. A prime example of how dangerous posting a picture or video of yourself online, is the famous Amanda Todd case. For those of you who don't know the background story, she was a girl in her teens, being stalked by an unknown man whom she had only once went on webcam for. The photo was a perfect means for the man to threaten Amanda with.
http://en.wikipedia.org...
Philip_Rose

Pro

Well yes, of course. Millions of people do it on YouTube each day. Some people have even become famous from doing it.
Debate Round No. 1
Shiko99

Con

While a lot of people upload many videos to Youtube daily, and a VERY LOW percentage become famous like Justin Bieber, many people don't have that luxury. How many have you seen become famous for their efforts? A lot of them get lots of hate mail and malicious comments on their appearance or features rather than the content they try to present to the audience. This can be very heartbreaking and emotionally distressing, so is it really worth it to post videos?

There have been many impersonators, or stalkers who will find photos, see that they like it, and begin to do whatever they want with it. The link below leads to some stories about impersonation or usage of profile pictures without previous consent.
http://money.usnews.com...

Isn't it scary to think that people can do whatever they want with your photo? Who knows what they will do with it in private...? Just use your imagination...
Philip_Rose

Pro

I see your point. There are many dangers involved in posting pictures - especially if they are like Giovanna Plowman and so on. And maybe you wouldn't want to post nude pictures of yourself, or anything that you might regret. So yes, there are negatives. But what you do online should be common sense. People shouldn't be put off putting their pictures online. Like you say, Justin Bieber and others have found fame and positive reactions. So maybe we have to put more into the question. If you are sensible, then putting your pictures online is at least harmless. But if you are looking for approval and are easily hurt, or if you post pictures of yourself in compromising situations, then it's a bad thing. So if you are sensible, and you make sure that you are secure online, and only post reasonable pictures, then it's fine.
Debate Round No. 2
Shiko99

Con

Yes, definitely, I agree with avoiding the compromising situations, especially pictures of people intoxicated or what they do when they're intoxicated. Although it is common sense, many people post reasonable pictures as well, especially parents who love to post family pictures. This is the same link I used last time, but it contains very good information from which I'll quote from.

"Stories of people's online photos being used for nefarious purposes abound: A mother in Jacksonville, Florida discovered that a photo she posted of her five-year-old on Facebook was taken and used to create a new profile, unbeknownst to her. A soldier's photo was stolen off of MySpace, posted by scam artists under a fake Match.com account, and used to con one woman out of thousands of dollars. One blogger found her family's photo being used as an advertisement in the Czech Republic. Another mother's four-year-old daughter's photo was pulled off of Flickr and posted on a Brazilian social networking site, where it was rated for "sexiness."

The convenience of sharing photos with friends (and non-friends) through social networking sites and blogs is undeniable. Unfortunately, so are the dangers. Not only can photos be stolen and used by strangers, but many photos, especially those taken by phones or devices with GPS technology, contain tags that reveal their location, which means viewers can figure out where exactly they were snapped. In other words, if a parent takes a photo of their child playing at home and then posts it online, it's possible for strangers to know exactly where they live." - Excerpt from the link below

http://money.usnews.com...

As the link above describes, anything you do online is always dangerous, but I see your point that people do want to share pictures with others. This is a very interesting debate and I think most people stand on the fence for these kinds of things.
Philip_Rose

Pro

The problem with a lot of debates is that the real answer does lie somewhere in between - ending up, as you say, with people sitting on the fence. But if we apply your evidence of bad things occurring to people who have posted, we could also apply the same way of thinking to life in general, e.g. people get killed and injured whilst driving, so should people stop driving? Or on a wider scale, people get mugged or assaulted - does that mean it's not a good idea to go outside? The amount of people who in any way suffer from what they put online in small - very small. It's just that, as always, they tend to get a lot of publicity. And there will always be stupid people who post stupid photos of themselves. So I'm back to square one. I totally see all the risks that you put forward, and it might be slightly dangerous. But if you are aware of the dangers, and act sensibly, then why not post what you want?
Debate Round No. 3
Shiko99

Con

Even if you act sensibly, of course, there is always the risk of cyberbullying, or people targeting you with malicious comments after you post pictures on a social networking site. We've probably all seen it. According to a cyber-bullying information website, 1 in 3 youth have received cyber-threats. If posted on a social networking site, many mean comments can be made intentionally towards victims who sensibly posted a picture of themselves online.

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org...

As well, don't forget that while many people post pictures online, sometimes they get changed into memes or even photoshopped. So even sensible pictures can be easily changed into pictures describing something totally different.

To your reasoning in these sentences: "But if we apply your evidence of bad things occurring to people who have posted, we could also apply the same way of thinking to life in general, e.g. people get killed and injured whilst driving, so should people stop driving? Or on a wider scale, people get mugged or assaulted - does that mean it's not a good idea to go outside?"

These are all things out of our control. However, we can control what we post online. We have much more control over our actions than the actions of others in both your cases of people getting injured or killed whilst driving and getting mugged or assaulted.

We are essentially giving people, criminals or bullies easy access to our profile pictures or pictures of ourselves to do the following below, taken from a Government of Canada website to stop bullying.
"Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles."

http://www.stopbullying.gov...
Philip_Rose

Pro

Are we getting stuck here? I don't like debates that end up with that old 'agree to disagree' conclusion, but it looks like we're heading for a sort of bland non-committal ending if we're not careful. I can't fully answer 'No' to the question, simply because so many people have benefited from putting their pictures online - whether they become Internet famous for doing something clever, or simply if they make an entertaining or informative video about some hobby or other. But neither can I answer 'Yes' as too many people have put pictures of themselves in compromising positions that might me back to haunt them, and too many people put unwise pictures online that may lead to people misusing them. So really, the question should have been perhaps more specific. Maybe Facebook and YouTube and other social media sites should have warning screens that come up for 10-20 seconds at the beginning of each log in something like 'Take care about what you post'. So I will stick to what I said at first - it IS a good idea IF you are careful.
Debate Round No. 4
Shiko99

Con

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Philip_Rose

Pro

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