Tips for Responsible Social Media Use
Social media is
often viewed as a blessing and a curse. Thoughts, photos and videos are shared
instantly and widely— friends, family and complete strangers receive posts within
seconds. In recent news, we’ve discovered lingering or residual effects in
which past posts—typically those posted in haste—negatively impact young people
seeking employment or educational opportunities. Have college applicants lost
offers of admission or scholarship money due to social media posts they made
when they were much younger? Unofficially, some applicants say “yes.”
social media know that your profile is your “brand,” and, therefore, it must be
managed. People can learn a great deal of information about you through social
media based on patterns of what you say, what you like and what articles and
videos you enjoy.
fluidity of social media, refreshers on how best to separate our personal and private
information benefit each of us. Here are a few tips and reminders to manage
your social profile online responsibly and well.
- Own your image, personal information and
how these are used. Pay
apps and websites. Most people skim through them to accept immediately, but it’s wise to take a closer look and read
all the sections thoroughly. In some situations, you can opt out of automatic
facial recognition tags.
- Obtain permissions when posting videos or images of others
on your networks. Never take photos of patients during procedures without permission.
Posting to social media leaves an imprint. Delete anything that’s irrelevant,
embarrassing or disrespectful. That includes inactive accounts. If
you don’t want the entire world to see you in a compromising position, delete
it. Reflect seriously on what you post before
you post it; if you wouldn’t want to see it on the front page of the
newspaper, or you wouldn’t want your family to see it, do not post it.
- Password diligence. Update passwords frequently. Keep an
eye on any dormant accounts if you decide not to delete them. Inactive accounts
are prone to hackers.
- Spread love, not hate. Share uplifting or
positive posts in support of causes, subjects and persons you care about.