by Kerry & Stacy of SociallySafe www.sociallysafe.ca
We think social media is fun too!
We know we share a lot of social media safety and we think it’s important that you know how to be safe online….but guess what? We actually love social media and we think you should be on it. We know, how crazy is that? Adults who agree with you and think you should be online using social media!
That doesn’t mean you need to be on every single platform that is out there. It does mean that you need to be #sociallysafe, you need to have guidelines with your parents and respect their wishes. You need to also give them your passwords to your accounts. Talk with your parents about social media and if ever you feel uncomfortable with what you are seeing or if you are being cyberbullied you need to report it and let your parents know immediately.
Social media is a great way to showcase your talents and beliefs/values. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to start creating a positive digital footprint for later in life. We know that universities/colleges and employees will Google you to see if what you have on paper is actually who you are online. You want to represent yourself online the best way possible. Use the THINK rule and post positive, but most importantly you want to be real online. If you wouldn’t say it in a room full of people, don’t put it online. You need to always remember that what happens on social media, stays on social media even if you delete it or think it is an anonymous platform.
We encourage you to follow people, business, brands and things you are interested in. Social media is a fantastic way to learn more. It’s a great opportunity to do research for school projects and use some of the videos that you watch on YouTube in your presentations if they are appropriate for what you are researching. It’s an opportunity for you to engage and ask questions to industry leaders to help you learn, and collect information for your projects. There are social platforms that can be a great tool for working on school group projects when you can’t actually get together to meet.
If you love sports, or you are involved in sports, post about that. Get your parents to video you and showcase your talents, you never know one day it just might help with that school sport scholarship you are trying to get.
Social media is a great opportunity to stay in touch with family and friends all over the world. You can share videos, pictures or just even a friendly “Hi” to let them know you are thinking of them.
Gaming: who doesn’t love to play games online, it’s fun, you can play with your friends. We encourage you to know who you are playing with and to be cautious of what personal information you are sharing when gaming online as well as on all social platforms.
If you volunteer in the community, showcase that. Let people see what you are doing to help your community.
Posting positive messages and things that showcase you being a leader. This will help you down the road when you are looking for a job or trying to get into university or college. Be a Digital Leadership Kid! What you need to always remember is to put your safety first, THINK before you post and to be #sociallysafe on social media and to have fun on social media, because social media is fun!