Thursday, September 12, 2013

Public and Permanent... the Mindset




Tuesday evening I spent around 90 minutes with Richard Guerry.

A few years ago he became aware of a growing trend... misuse of technology and the price that some people paid for that misuse.

As he researched further he discovered that no one was really attempting to train adults, young adults, or kids on the proper way of using smartphones, computers, websites, and the plethora of other devices and communication platforms that have been developed recently.

He equates the current situation to fire. Few are injured by fire every year because at a very young age we are taught the do's and don'ts of dealing with it. However, we frequently pick up a piece of technology (or give one to a kid) with no instruction on the safe and proper way to use it.

Due to this fact, people and young people are making mistakes everyday that can follow them and affect them for the rest of their lives.

After he discovered the problem, Richard quit his job and formed a non-profit group that provides seminars and other types of help to groups to teach the proper and socially acceptable ways to use the myriad technologies available to us today.

Even as Dentistry's Technology Evangelist, I learned some things and walked away impressed with his knowledge and dedication to helping others understand the challenges faced by kids and adults when it comes to social media and other types of commonly used technologies.

In addition to traveling quite extensively to put on his programs, Rich has also written a book on the subject (you can find it by searching on his name in the Kindle store. I just happened to get to the event early (over achiever that I am) and had about 15 minutes to talk to him one on one before others began arriving. I came away impressed and if you get a chance to hear him, I feel you will be as well.

I've downloaded his book and will give it a review here when I'm finished with it.

The real take away from his talk is that we all need to be cognizant of the fact our words and our pictures are public and permanent and that even though we may delete things from the public domain, they are never really deleted. The smart thing is to realize "public and permanent" and act accordingly.


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