Social media have dramatically changed the way we communicate. It’s easy to access the latest information about your friends and share updates about your own life. It also creates added responsibility to protect yourself and others.
Think before you post anything online
- Limit the personal information that you make available to others. For example, your social media profile should not contain your full name, date of birth, or reflect your relationship with others. Protect yourself further by not using location check-ins and limiting location-specific information.
- Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in real life.
- Don’t post anything that would be hurtful to someone. Remember to treat others the way you would want to be treated.
- Don’t post pictures or videos that may be embarrassing for yourself or others.
- Don’t post your vacation plans or upload photos while you’re on vacation. You’re practically telling people that they can rob your house.
- Carefully consider whether to post your personal information or photos, because they affect your reputation in public.
- Remember that anything you post online has a chance of staying online forever. Take control of your privacy.