There is no such thing as safe internet. Almost anyone can create a website and sometimes it’s hard to verify fact from fiction. Even true news sources leave out details or put a spin on things to make it sound different, if it will help sell the paper. So the question becomes……. What can we do to be safe on the Internet. Today I’m going to address the Social Media Aspect of things.
Social Media Tips
- Don’t give out personal information that you don’t want the world to know
- Examples, birthdates, full name, address, phone number, etc
- It may seem harmless at the time but it can become dangerous
- Be leery of talking to people that you don’t know in the real world
- If someone sends you an URL (web link) and you don’t know them or what it is
i. DON’T Open it
ii. REPORT it as SPAM and delete it.
- If you get a message from someone and you are uncomfortable or just don’t know them
i. Take a moment to BLOCK them.
ii. Do NOT play around and message them back, you could be asking for trouble.
- 3. Pictures
- Watch what you post on your site.
i. Would you be ok with your grandparents seeing it?
ii. What about a police officer seeing it!
- If you are excited about a document and you want to scan it and post it, THAT’s Great
i. Be sure to black out info on it before posting it, if there is something on it that others should not see.
- 4. Your Character
- Lots of people learn about your character by what and how you post on your social media site.
i. When you apply for jobs, the bosses may search you out and look what you have posted.
ii. If you didn’t know you and ALL you could see is your profile and what is on there, what would you think of you? This is the image you are sending the world
- 5. Rumor mills
- I call this middle School Drama
i. If you are not 100% sure it’s true don’t spread it.
ii. Even if you are 100% sure it’s true, think WHY am I posting this drama.
iii. IF you spread rumors about people, people are less likely to want to talk to you if they have issues and it makes it hard to have good honest friendships
iv. An adult thing to do is to approach the person about the rumor and ask them about it. Get both sides of the story instead of blindly believing something.
Just remember that most bad things on the internet start because someone says or does something that they shouldn’t and the other person responds. The ONLY way to make it safer is for YOU to follow these steps and share them with all of your friends!
Author: Matthew Hite