The use of social networks should be an easily approachable topic for many of my students, due to the popularity of Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and similar services. Centering the learning objective upon the network's potential openness concerning private data is the difficult vein to explore, since it is a more sensitive set of ideas that are nuanced and occasionally subtle. Around our campus there are posters warning about the dangers of rumors spread online, or the scenario when formerly private material become public on campus. These warnings are so commonplace that I fear students may become numb to their risks until it happens to one of them.
Nonetheless, I intend to use examples of articles about celebrities being violated as part of the introductory basis to have discussions and reflection about the implications of social network privacy, and possibly carry over to topics such as law enforcement surveillance programs that expose supposedly private attributes to strangers as well.