Five Tips for Social Media Safety

Most of us are familiar with the major players in social media: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Since you have a pretty good grasp on what these sites are, let’s talk about how you can safely use these social networks. Safety is the #1 concern for students when thinking about social media. With all of these online tools, it can be difficult to ensure that anyone is completely safe from harm on the Iinternet. Despite the dangers and risks associated with using social media, social media sites are growing exponentially. Safety lies in the hands of the user, specifically in this case, in the hands of the student.   As a responsible “digital citizen,” you need to be aware of these important safety tips. Here are just a few of them:

  1. Understand what information should be private – think of your posts being posted on a huge billboard. If you don’t want thousands of commuters to see it, you probably don’t want to post it online for the world to see.
  2. Read each website’s Privacy Policy – you’d probably be surprised what you are agreeing to, so you need to review this carefully.
  3. Along with being aware of a website’s Privacy Policy, you need to actually USE the privacy settings made available to you. More often than not, the default settings are set to the site’s benefit, not yours.
  4. Think before you hit submit. Once you’ve posted to the Internet it can’t be taken back!
  5. Be sensitive about what information you are posting about other people.

So, as you can see, there are many things you need to consider when trying to safely navigate the world of social media. These aren’t, by any means, the end-all to Internet safety. If you would like to know more about how to be safe when using social media, here are some great resources:

Once you have a good foundation of how to use social media safely and effectively, go ahead a take a look around sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Don’t be afraid to join the global online conversation!

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~ by pinnaclepov2224 on December 1, 2010.

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