Teen Safety Tips For Social Media
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In today’s world, anything can be found online, so safety is important now more than ever. There are more users on social media than ever before so safety should be your first priority. Opening up a safe space to speak to your parents about social media and your social media habits. You should know the words “social media” might make your parents nervous for many different reasons including less severe threats to abductions. Don’t roll your eyes, your parents set guidelines to help keep you protected and not about them telling you what you can’t and can do.
Teen Safety Tips For Social Media
Think about what you post when you’re on social media. Don’t post your address that can be seen by the public, this will help keep you safe from strangers and predators. Take into consideration what you’re saying in tweets or that new status. Being mindful of what you’re sharing on social media is the best way to keep yourself safe. Also, respect the views that others have on different topics, everyone is entitled to their own opinion as are you. Be nice while online, you never know what someone is going through. Don’t be a social media bully, you’ll never know the outcome. Being a teenager is hard enough these days without someone name calling and pointing fingers. However, if you’re being bullied on social media let your parents or guardian know so they can help.
Watch the Passwords
Do not share your passwords because this lets someone hack into your account finding your parents bank account information (if you pay for games), personal information like your address, phone number, other email addresses, and information that is personal to you. Friendships can change within a matter of days and a friend having your passwords can cause you to be hacked.
Don’t Click it
Be careful with the links you click to avoid scammers. It seems like scammers don’t leave anyone out when it comes to their scams. If you see a product, course, or event with information that is too good to be true, it probably is. Keep a close eye on these links that are asking for credit card information as well, do a little research to see if the link can be trusted to keep yourself from being ripped off. Once a scammer has a credit card number they can use it once or multiple times and it may not be caught until next months bank statement.
Don’t Make Friends
Be careful when accepting new friend requests can be tricky. If you think there is even something slightly off with the individual whose sent the friend request take the time to check their profile for a birth date, this will let you know how old the friend requester is. If you have any rude messages from the person sending the friend request notify your parents or guardian. Make sure to tell your parents about any new friend requests you get whether you accept them or not. Your parents can’t keep you safe if they are unaware of what’s going on. Avoid meeting anyone in person and tell your parents or guardian if you’ve been asked to do so. You need to remember not to trust everyone you meet online, some people can target teens for scams and other shady business.
Just be You
Don’t measure yourself against the next person, social media is a melting pot of all ages, situations, and walks of life. Don’t compare yourself to your friends, their friends, or someone whom you’ve never met. Social media has a reputation for showing the good parts of an individual’s life. Measuring yourself against someone can really take a toll on your self-esteem, which isn’t fair to you. If your self-esteem is hindered you can’t be your truest happy self which isn’t fair to the world.
Keep it Private
Set up privacy settings like disabling the location setting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Foursquare. Disabling these settings on apps can help secure you by hiding your location while you’re using the app and possibly when you’re not. When publishing a photo on Instagram think twice before you add a location to the photo. This location can be seen by anyone who uses Instagram and even those who don’t, this puts your location out there for all to see.
You’re a teenager, you’re still growing, and learning so don’t keep secrets from your parents and guardian, they are there to help you learn everything you can and keep you safe while you navigate the world of social media. These Teen Safety Tips For Social Media will help you enjoy your social media life is you utilize them.
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