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UK teacher’s lesson about online privacy goes viral

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. Joerg Koch / The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A Bolton, England-area grade school teacher’s lesson about online privacy has proven quite effective.

The teacher – who identifies herself as Sammy Roo on Facebookposted a photo on Facebook encouraging users to share it in order to show her primary class how so-called private photos can be shared by anyone online.

In the photo, Roo is seen holding a sign that reads, “Please share, like and comment where you are. Help me show my primary class how private this pic really is.”

Sammy Roo posted a photo on Facebook encouraging users to share it in order to show her primary class how so-called private photos can be shared by anyone online.
Sammy Roo posted a photo on Facebook encouraging users to share it in order to show her primary class how so-called private photos can be shared by anyone online. Screenshot/Facebook

“This is a screenshot of a private Snapchat I took and then shared it publicly on Facebook. This highlights how easily someone can take your pictures and spread them if it gets into the wrong hands,” wrote Roo on Facebook.

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The image has been shared over 24,900 times since being posted last week.

Over 24,000 Facebook users have also commented on the post sharing their location – including many Canadians – proving just how far images can spread.

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It’s important to note that the image was posted with “Public” as the privacy setting, meaning anyone, including people not on Facebook, can see and share it.

However, Roo notes that the point of her experiment was to show students that anyone can screenshot their private photos and share them with whoever they like.

“The lessons learnt from this experiment in the last week have been eye opening for them. I’ve shared positive and negative comments (within reason) with them and they have a new found understanding of the Internet,” she wrote.

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“A lot of naive people seem to question what privacy actual is. Anyone can screenshot a picture of you and share it regardless if you think it’s on a ‘safe’ app!”

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