Did you know that social media can be a powerful tool to connect with friends and share your interests, but it also comes with responsibilities? Here are some tips to keep yourself safe and appropriate online:
- Protect your personal information: Never share your full name, address, phone number or any other sensitive information with strangers online.
- Be respectful: Don't use derogatory language or make hurtful comments. Remember that the internet is public, and your words can have real-world consequences.
- Think before you post: Before you hit "send" on that post or comment, ask yourself if it's something you would say in person. If not, it's probably not appropriate for social media.
- Don't engage with cyberbullies: If someone is harassing or bullying you online, don't respond. Instead, tell a trusted adult and report the behavior to the social media platform.
Most social media companies have age requirements for creating an account, typically around 13 years old. It's important to follow these guidelines to ensure that you're using social media in a safe and appropriate manner. If you're not of age, wait until you are before creating an account. Let's all do our part to make social media a safe and positive place for everyone!