March 5, 2019 - Comments Off on 5 Ways You Can Stay Safe on Social Media as a Minor
Are you under the age of 18 and an avid user of social media? We know how difficult it is to imagine a life without the internet. Born in a world run by technology and ruled by the Internet, you have experienced a fast paced and integrated world like no prior generation. However, spending several hours on social media platforms can also be a major concern.
The global increase in social media crimes, such as online threats, stalking, cyber bullying, hacking, fraud, and identity theft has made sense for this to be such a concern. It is therefore essential that you as children are educated about how to make proper use of social media.
Social media is not the enemy, but rather some users of social media are. Here are 5 important tips about how you can stay safe on social media:
Þ Use a strong password that is long and incorporates numbers and signs.
Þ Your safety is more important than a popularity contest so make sure to be selective about who you accept as a friend on social media. Verify an account before accepting their request, as there are many fake accounts online as well as stalkers.
Þ Make sure not to share too much information online. Some basic things not to share would be your birthday, phone number, home address, or passwords.
Þ Majority of social media sites allow you to customize your privacy settings, such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. This allows you to limit access to your personal information and control who can see your posts.
Þ You can protect your devices by installing an antivirus program and consistently updating your software. Be very cautious about links sent by unknown numbers and even from friends on social media as they can be infected with a virus as well.
In truth, there is both beauty and terror in social media. It connects us to people and experiences all over the world. Social media, to quote from the Roman Historian Livy, is a “record of the infinite variety of human experiences”. So, use the internet, but with caution!
Written by: Rayyah Iqbal
Published by: Digital Rights Foundation in Blog