Social media comes with one golden rule, don't post when you are angry. A split second of rage can have permanent consequences.
Is this something you really want to post, does it really reflect your personality and values? Don't follow the crowd or post just to gain attention, as you might not like the response you get back.
No? Then don't say it online. Social accounts are managed by real people with real feelings. If you talk about someone online, think about whether you would feel embarrassed or ashamed if you saw them in person. If so, you may want to ask again, why am I posting?
Sarcasm and irony do not often transfer well into writing, especially in a short social media post. Think about how others may read it; could it be seen as offensive?
Treat others with the respect that you would like to receive yourself. If you read it about yourself, would it make you feel good?
People often excuse inappropriate posts based on the idea that the conversation is private, as it is on a private account. Consider how many connections you have, are all these people very close friends? Can you trust that each one of them won't share or talk about your post with others? Facebook statistics suggest that the average young user has up to 300 online friends. This private profile suddenly doesn't seem so private at all.
You might find that badly angled photograph of your friend amusing, but the likelihood is that they will not. Be respectful of other people's privacy; don't share photos or information that will embarrass or humiliate someone.
If you were a stranger looking in at your profile, what would you think? If most of your posts are in some way critical, unkind, offensive or negative, how do you think you are being perceived?
In the eyes of the law, posting online is not the same as having an informal chat with your friends. Posting is publishing, just the same as if it was written in the newspaper. Even if your profile is private, you do not own what you publish - meaning anyone can use it as evidence.
Make sure you do not post anything that might get you into trouble with the law. Harassment, hate speech, threats of violence, ruining someone's reputation and pictures or comments suggesting illegal activity can all be used against you.
Digital citizenship : refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level.
Digital Citizen : A digital citizen is a person using information technology in order to engage in society, politics, and government. As defined by Karen Mossberger, one of the authors of Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society, and Participation, digital citizens are "those who use the internet regularly and effectively."
Online Safety : online safety refers to the act of staying safe online. It is also commonly known as internet safety, e-safety and cyber safety. It includes all devices which have access to the internet from PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets.
Privacy : protection from being observed or tracked by others, including the government, the public, or selected individuals or groups
Privacy Settings : choices a website or app provides users about what information is collected and visible to others
Miss Lockhart- Student Teacher to Ms. Murray 2021, Studying Library Science