For those of you who participated in the Educause webinars during last year’s Data Privacy Month, you may recall the book LOL. . .OMG!: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship, and Cyberbullying by Matt Iverson. The author spoke as part of one of the webinars and the e-book version was offered as a free download for a limited amount of time.
This year, the book is being once again offered as a free e-book download starting today through January 29th. You can search out the text in Amazon’s Kindle Store or visit the website www.lolomgfree.com to access it. (Note: if you prefer the printed book version, it is part of the library’s collection and can be found in the Main Stacks at HQ799.9 I58 I94 2011)
Having read the book last year as part of the Data Privacy Month events, I would definitely recommend this to others whether they be students, staff, or faculty. It is a relatively quick read featuring real-life examples of the consequences of particular behavior online; in essence it looks at decisions which at the time were seen as “lol” that turned into “OMG.” In addition to these stories and scenarios, very practical advice is offered for how one can actively participate as a good citizen in the digital world. Particularly useful are the “ten tests” used to make digital decisions featured in Chapter 11: Digital Citizenship and the seven steps outlined in Chapter 7: Active Reputation Management.
E-readers out there, I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and share the information with the people in your social circles. As we live more and more of our lives online, texts like these on how to navigate this digital landscape are increasingly important.