Protecting Our Troops on Social Media

Praying for our service men, women and their families.


Protecting Our Troops on Social Media

by William Jackson, M.Ed.

Instructor with Edward Waters College

Parent, Blogger, Educator, Speaker

Recent threats by ISIS and other terrorists groups highlights

the inherent dangers of posting content on Social Media

platforms that others can track and monitor. Having a digital

presence and exposure provides notoriety, but exposes people

to unintended dangers.

When accessing the Internet there is a digital bridge that is

created. That bridge is a two (2) way bridge of informational

sharing. The uniqueness is this bridge has unintentional

consequences. Content online is not just local or regional it

can be accessed by anyone that has an Internet connection

and associated browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome,

Safari, etc).

Because of the digital age of information now is the time to

teach “digital citizenship,” how to conduct yourself online,

protect your identity and be proactive in security measures.

ISIS and other terrorist groups are recruiting teens and young

adults to their radical thinking, their strategy is to use digital

platforms and tools to threaten service men and women and

even their families. Terrorism has grown on our homeland and

accessing our digital platforms to frighten, coerce and create

an atmosphere of fear.

Social media is more than just being “social” there is a dynamic

interaction of posting the events of our lives and that of family

and friends. Humans are social creatures so we have our lives,

experiences, emotions and knowledge online. The explosion

of Social Media has created a new set of problems and liabilities

even seen in the movies like “Captain America: The Winter

Solider” where an algorithm was created to track and predetermine

a persons future. This information although from a movie can be

a data gathering element with great facts as to a person’s

potential and future. This information is science fact not

science fiction any more.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine,

YouTube and others cannot be totally trusted or confidential

because of the potential that personal information may be used

to stalk, harm and even kill.

As digital citizens we may be our own worst enemy by putting

personal information online and allowing GPS tracking to document

our location, time and proximity to places and people.

Military personnel must be careful with security settings, GPS

stamps, photos, videos that show neighborhoods, schools their

children attend or daycares. Caution should be used for checkins,

proximity, meetups, Apps to see where family and friends are.

Minimizing risks are common sense judgments and making sure

when using Social Media platforms and tools monitor privacy ,

unfriend or hide yourself from people no longer in your network

or profession. Do not accept friend requests from overseas or

people you don’t know. Even if they say they are in the military is

this true or is “Catfishing,” faking an identity from a false accounts


Do not open every email or download every attachment, emails

can contain spyware, malware and viruses that infect your digital

device and even spread to others.

The uniqueness of military personnel and diverse mission driven

assignments makes military personnel targets so their children and

family members must also be taught how to conduct themselves

online. Military parents must be diligent and aware not just of their

physical surroundings, but of their digital surroundings.

Military personnel should Google themselves and family to see what

content is connected to them. I often get criticized about this, my

thinking is to be proactive about digital content not reactive.

Goggling text, photos, videos, tweets and other dynamic Social Media

elements. Protecting our nation is vital, but those in service to protect

us should be protected themselves and their families while at home

and abroad.

There are known terrorist groups in our nation, people traveling

overseas to fight in conflicts which draw our country closer to potential

conflicts that may threaten non-combatant family members here

worrying about their family members fighting on foreign lands.

Social Media education is important to safe guard against potential

security and safety issues. Many schools are now teaching Social Media

Awareness, this needs to grow and be a mission in and of itself to keep

our military families and their children safe. We now digitally have to

keep our service men and women safe from digital attacks.

William Jackson, M.Edu

Previous Speaker at:

Preventing Crime in the Black Community

Learn2Earn Experience Jacksonville, Florida via Thy Black Man

Learn2Earn Experience: A Lesson In Social Media Common Sense.

Speaker at the Upcoming:

42nd Annual Southeastern Lectureship

#ChurchofChrist #ChurchesofChrist

“Social Media SWAG and Ministry”

One Church Conference

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Social Media Safety

“Your SWAG On Social Media”


Susannah Randolph – A train wreck for Democrats?

**The opinions contained within guest posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of The Jason Henry Project.**

A guest post by Nicole McLaren

In her first prime time interview on Channel 13 this week, Susannah Randolph showed what many of us suspected for a while now – that she is a train wreck waiting to happen for Democrats in 2016. As the redistricting process swings on, it is becoming more and more clear that District 9 will no longer by the 13+ safe Democratic seat that she claims to have worked for for 2 ½ years, but rather a 5+ Dem swing seat including all of Osceola County and large swaths of Polk County.

Even more concerning, this swing district drops to a slim 2+ Dem advantage in the mid-terms. Thus, it will be critical for Democrats to have a nominee with broad general election appeal to help our party up and down the ticket and avoid losing the seat in the mid-terms.  

Here’s why we need to be vigilant when picking the Democratic nominee for CD9:

She’s already showing a ridiculous sense of entitlement. When Ybeth Bruzual asked her why she is running now, she responded, “[a] lot of people came to me and said you know it’s your turn. And, uh, not that I think that there’s a turn that you get in politics.” Um, yes, you do.

Why else would you mention it as your top qualification? And what does this even mean? She lists her experience working for fairness and the underrepresented.

The reality is Susannah Randolph made over $27,000 between October 1, 2014 and December 31,2014.

To put that in perspective, the annual salary of someone making $10/hour is around $20,000, which is less than 19% of what Susannah made last year. For that kind of money, you aren’t fighting for fairness. You are doing your job. Voters won’t think kindly about such egoism.

She takes credit for things she didn’t do and fails to give credit when it’s due. Susannah claims she “quarterbacked the strategy” for Osceola’s wage theft ordinance. This is a total insult to the four Democratic Osceola County Commissioners (Arrington, Harford, Grieb and Janer) who pushed for this change for months along with labor leaders and pastors.

It also highlights her desperate attempt to trump up her total lack of real policy accomplishments (pun intended).

She cites the House walk-out as an example of State dysfunction “worse than Congress” and fails to point out that the Senate Democrats sued the Florida House and won. She holds herself out as a campaign organizer, but when asked about specific campaigns, she only cites her husband’s 2006 campaign.

Candidate for Congress, Susannah Randolph/Photo courtesy of Randolph's Twitter page

Candidate for Congress, Susannah Randolph/Photo courtesy of Randolph’s Twitter page

She continues to speak in talking points with little substance. Throughout her interview, she continued to say she was “a fighter”, but was then noticeably sparse on her platform. She will fight for what? We never found out. She stated she is known for getting results. Yes, that Pink Slip Rick Scott campaign went over smashingly.

He’s still our Governor. She briefly regurgitated generic National Democratic Platform points regarding negotiating drug prices for Medicare and paid child care, but failed to propose a single original idea unique to the district or bold proposal to attract independents.

She completely ignores the Hispanic population in District 9. She repeatedly dodged questions and became noticeably defensive when discussing the large Hispanic voting bloc in the district.  As an Afro-Caribbean of Panamanian descent, this point is particularly troublesome to me.

Her broad characterization that the district is diverse because it is about 15% African-American, 25%-30% Hispanic and is 60% women, in response to Ybeth Bruzal’s question regarding the large Hispanic population, tells me that she will approach representation of this district in the same way.

She chooses to ignore the intersectionality of this district by not even acknowledging there is a huge Hispanic population. She just shrugged her shoulders and called it “diverse”. She will, most likely, ignore issues specific to these same constituents. While I was taken aback by this cavalier attitude, I was not really surprised.

Unfortunately, people of color and different ethnic backgrounds are used to being overlooked in the interest of efficiency. However, this is not someone who should represent this district in Congress.

This continual insulting behavior and shunning of a key swing vote in the general election has already queued up a Hispanic Republican (who will not ignore us) to take District 9 in the general election.

She is already making cringe-worthy quotes that could cost Democrats in the general election. When asked about the unfortunate attacks on Planned Parenthood, she responded, “[w]e also don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater so to speak in the sense of losing the ability to make advances scientifically on things like Parkinsons and Alzheimers where we do.”

WHY????? use this analogy when discussing this situation? If thinking on your feet is not your strong suit, stay behind the scenes. The commercials have already started, the only thing missing is the auto tune remix.

I can already see the Republican ads on this gaffe rolling over and over again in the general election costing other Democratic candidates dearly.

The bottom line is Fair Districts will require Dems to have strong general election candidates. The Florida Supreme Court is leading the charge to create potentially 7 competitive congressional seats, especially District 9. A gaffe-prone, ultra-partisan candidate like Susannah will almost certainly face a moderate Republican Hispanic in the general and easily bleed enough votes to lose a 5 point lead.

Her loss would also drag down Democrats up and down the ticket.

With Fair Districts, long gone are the days when all of Florida’s congressional districts are won almost exclusively in the primary elections. We, Democrats, must also assure that the strongest general election candidates represent our party in order to hold the White House and elect Democrats up and down the ticket.

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