Using Social Media Well In Families

Here are some tips for both parents and children to follow to help handle
the possible pitfalls on social media channels:

Pause before you press “enter.” You leave a permanent footprint on
everything you post, creating the likelihood it can resurface at any time and
call your character into question later. Resist the urge to be impulsive,
spread gossip, or promote hate.

Apply the Golden Rule. You are what you post, retweet, and share. Ask
yourself these three questions of anything you feel inspired to post: Is it
true? Will it cause anyone harm? What is my motivation for posting this?

Get permission/Give permission. Before sharing someone else’s photos or
content, make sure you have their OK and ask the same of your contacts.

Review your privacy settings. They are there for a reason—to limit who can
access your information and how they use it. You have locks on the doors
and windows of your home to keep ?unwanted guests out; do the same for
your social media profiles.

Police the content that appears on your page. Not everyone is mindful of
the content they post. Occasionally, that inappropriate material will make
its way onto your social media feed, where it can be viewed by your
contacts and misinterpreted as something you favor. Don’t hesitate to
block contacts and remove posts from your feed if they are offensive.
Exercise caution.

You wouldn’t allow your children to walk around with a
sandwich board displaying their legal name age, address, and other personal
information, so don’t allow them to create detailed profiles that can be
accessed by strangers the world over. Never divulge too much information
about yourself, your current location, or future plans unless you want to fall
victim to unscrupulous internet trolls.

Dennis Bridges | 02/28/2018