Summer Social….are you being too social? by Kerry & Stacy of SociallySafe www.sociallysafe.ca
With school out and lots of fun holidays & activities planned, days spent hanging with friends and of course social media…..what’s a girl to do but post how much fun her summer is…..but wait! Before you post remember the #THINK Rule (T= Truthful H=Helpful I=Inspiring N=Necessary K=Kind).
Summer is a time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family and what we really want you to consider before you share your posts is the N in the #THINK Rule, is it really Necessary to post where you are at all times and tag everyone you are with? Sure we want to see your posts, see how much fun you are having with your BFF’s but you want to be #sociallysafe about your posts.
This summer we really encourage you to #THINK about what you are posting, look at your background of your images are you giving away clues to where you are and the time of day you are there? Are there signs in the background that are recognizable to others? Things that can make it known where you are.
Another thing to #THINK about is checking in to places/location on social media. Are you creating patterns with your posts for example every Monday at 10am you check in at the local pool. Guess what that harmless post repeatedly tells everyone exactly where they can expect you to be Mondays at 10. Take a minute before you post to really think about what you are telling the world.
The other really important thing to think about is turning your location settings off when you are taking images. The images will have an embedded map to your location when you post it on social media. Once you have taken the image turn your location settings back on so that if you happen to lose your device you can find it using downloadable apps.
Take some time and talk to your friends, start the conversation. Do you want your images and pictures all over the worldwide web? If not you need to tell your friends that. It’s okay to say I prefer you don’t post that image of me on social media. We encourage you to get in the habit of asking permission if you are posting pictures of friends, even your family. Your cute 1 year old cousin or the little girl you are babysitting, who is splashing in the backyard pool would make a great post….but do her parents want that image out for everyone to see? Some pictures need to just be kept private for your memories only. Please start the conversation and ask permission before you post anyone’s picture, show them the picture you want to post. Let them see it before you actually put it up, double check you did remember to turn off your location settings. Remember that even though your page is private or settings set for privacy others may not have theirs set the same and that social media is a public platform.
We wish everyone a fantastic summer, have fun and remember to be #sociallysafe
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