Friday, August 5, 2016

Social Media Guidelines for Children and Teenagers

Here are some guidelines for students, which can help them stay safe when using social media.

  • When taking, texting or typing apply T.H.I.N.K. This stands for the following:

T. Is it true
H. Is it helpful
I. Is it interesting
N. Is it nice
K. Is it kind

If what you want to talk, text or type is all of the above, then go for it. If it is not what you would say when face to face with your friend then think twice. Pause. Take a moment.

  • Keep a healthy/ life balance. Your online activity should enhance your offline life not replace it.
  • Everyone is entitled to their view both online and offline. Seek to understand not to be understood.
  • Bullying online often has its roots offline. Bullying can move easily from the classroom or the football pit to a smart phone. If it happens to you, talk to an adult you trust like a family member or a teacher who can help you handle the situation.
  • Help create a safe online space. If you know someone who is being harassed online, help him or her to get help.
  • Avoid unmoderated websites.
  • Friends in the real world should match friends in the virtual world. If someone is not your friend in the physical world then he or she is probably not your friend in the virtual world.
  • It is all right not to respond to emails and not to accept friend requests. It is also all right not to return a follow from someone you do not know and would not befriend in the real world.
  • Talk it out - if you come across something hurtful/negative on line, talk to a trusted adult such as your parent or a teacher.
  • There is no such thing as just one photo - nothing on the Internet goes away forever. Snapchat pictures do not disappear – they are saved in a hidden file that can be reaccessed.
  • Sexting – sending explicit photography is pornography this is illegal.

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