Have you ever wondered if you’re using social media responsibly?
I know from experience that irresponsible actions can lead to long-term effects such as mental and emotional issues.
When I first created my social media accounts, I set my account to public mode exposing my personal information. Then I began to receive messages from strangers that were extremely upsetting.
I immediately decided to takesteps to act more responsibly and secure my information and safety to create a positive experience online.
What's a digital footprint?
I use social media a lot for chatting with my friends, posting pictures, and learning new things. However, I didn’t realize I left a visible trail when online.
This is what’s called your digital footprint, and it includes:
Anything you've commented, posted, retweeted, shared, or liked
Comments or posts made about you
Places you've visited, including your current location
And your digital footprint is also a recorded history of:
Websites you've visited
Web searches you've done
Where you're located via your IP address
What is considered a digital footprint? Check all that apply.
What's considered irresponsible ?
Once I became aware my interactions on social media made me vulnerable or might cause harm to others, I learned what actions are considered irresponsible when engaged online:
Cyberbullying — hurtful, abusive, or threatening messages
Trolling — posts or comments to provoke negative reactions
Sharing private information about others without their consent
Spreading or re-sharing fake news
What are responsible strategies for using social media?
Based on my personal experience, these are actions that I would urge you to avoid when you're using social media sites:
Don’t be an irresponsible user who:
Follows strangers online
Forgets to log out from your social media accounts
Shares your location (especially in real-time)
Talks negatively about others
Be a responsible user who:
Updates your security settings on a regular basis
Searches for yourself often on Google
Communicates positively, rather than negatively, with other people online
Un-tags yourself from potentially harmful photos or posts
Follow these tips to practice being responsible on social media platforms: