Social Media – Staying Safe!

By | April 27, 2014

Over the past few years social networking has exploded with even royals jumping on the bandwaggon. Such sites allow for, and promote, general communication, online discussion and provide the ability to share information about yourself and others quickly and easily. By following a few simple guidelines Social Networking can be enjoyed by all, safely and productively. Social Networking sites include but are not limited to Facebook, Bebo, Myspace, YouTube and Twitter.

Before signing up to any Social Networking site make sure you have read the terms and conditions for that site, along with their privacy policy. If there is anything you do not understand or are not happy with, do not sign up to the site.

When filling in your personal details remember that these will be visible to other users. Only enter the details that you are happy with being in the public domain. It is not recommended that you fill in local addresses, telephone numbers or full dates of birth.

If you upload any content (pictures, video, documents etc…) to your profile, copyright may be transferred to the Social Networking site in question. This allows the site to use content how they want to, possibly in marketing and advertising. You should not upload third party content (material for which the copyright does not belong to you) without the necessary written permissions. Note in most cases you will be unable to delete any content you have placed on the site.

You should not post any content that could damage the reputation of you or your family.
It is important to remember anything you post on Social Networking sites may be visible to anyone, anywhere, at anytime! It is important to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect yourself and your personal information. Posting information could potentially lead to unwanted attention and could even contribute to identity fraud. For your own benefit, you should not post details which you might regret later, for example something you would not want family members or a future employer to see.