Teacher Takes "Private" Snapchat, Gets a Ton Of Shares, and We All Learn a Valuable Lesson About the Internet
In an attempt to teach her students a lesson on the always tricky subject of internet privacy, a West Manchester teacher, Sammy Roocroft, has seen her "private" Snapchat go viral. Since it was posted last week, the Snapchat picture has received over 20,000 shares, 20,000 comments, and 15,000 Facebook likes. That means this image...
... is somehow more popular online than the meme I made of my friend Andy.
Sure, it's an inside joke, but it's still funny even if you weren't there when Andy sat and sulked while they played "You Sexy Thing" at Becky and Mike's wedding.
I know what you're thinking: "That teacher used Snapchat to show that stuff can go viral? Um, Snapchat stuff CAN'T go viral — it's deleted 10 seconds after it's opened!" Well you, my friend, need this lesson about internet safety too. Roocroft was illustrating just how easily screenshots can be taken from Snapchat, and then manipulated and passed around like anything else that makes it to the internet. The lesson was so successful, in fact, that the image is receiving comments from all around the world, from Australia to Denmark, and has caught the attention of the Photoshop-equipped trolls who make any image they find obscene for no other reason than "the lulz" (God I hate the internet). Speaking to the The Bolton News, Roocroft said, "I never thought it would go as far as it has."
And that's weird, right? She sets out to teach her students that posting images online has ramifications, and is surprised when posting an image online has ramifications? That's like a middle school chemistry teacher being surprised during a Mpemba effect experiment when the hot water freezes faster than the cold.
"But... I don't... how can... it was already... it was already cold! DEAR GOD IT WAS ALREADY COLD! WHAT SIN DID I COMMIT TO MAKE GOD ABANDON CEDER HILLS JUNIOR HIGH?!"
Roocroft's lesson was a part of "Safer Internet Day", which, conceptually, I find both intriguing and nerve-wracking. Think about it — we live in a day and age where we're being educated on the ways our primary method of communication can harm us. That makes us remarkably different from previous generations. Our parents never had "Safer Television Day", and our grandparents certainly never had "Safer Radio Day".
"Children, what do you say we place the radio on the unsteady shelf over the tub, so we can listen to it while we bathe?"
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