Teen using social media on phone

Social media can be a great way to stay connected to friends and family members. But it’s important to use social media platforms responsibly. If you don’t, your reputation could be at stake. There could even be financial repercussions – especially if you become a victim of identity theft due to oversharing of information. Check out the six tips below to learn how to use social media in a smart and safe way. 


CONSIDER WHO MIGHT VISIT YOUR ACCOUNT. College admissions and recruiters oten use social media as an “online resume.” In a U.S. News article, it was stated that over 1/3 of college admissions officers consider social media accounts before making an admission decision. 


THINK TWICE BEFORE POSTING. Once published, a post, photo or video may not be able to be completely deleted. Screenshots and other sharing methods make it nearly impossible to ensure total deletion. You often can’t take back what you say (or hear) on social media. 


STAND UP TO CYBERBULLYING. Cyberbullying is a common example of what happens when social media is used in a negative way. Kids should be taught to speak up if they witness cyberbullying, or if they become a victim themselves. 


CONTROL YOUR OWN ONLINE IMAGE. Tell your friend or family member if they post something about you that you don’t want online. 


BE PICKY ABOUT FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS. If a stranger or someone you are uncomfortable with requests to follow you or become a friend, deny the request. 


KEEP PRIVATE INFORMATION PRIVATE. Don’t post private or personal information about yourself that a thief could use to steal your identity. Crimes like these happen more often than you might think, so it’s best to play it safe. 



*Source: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2017-02-10/colleges-really-arelooking-