For some, college going teens Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms are like the modern day diary. These are used to document what they did that day, how they felt and opinions on the hot topic currently trending. While Placio agrees that it’s fine to give your friends a glimpse into your daily life, but what you say and post can hurt you. Social media comes with great responsibility. The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process.
But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight. Placio has pinpointed social media mistakes that students should avoid at all cost. Please head to the comments below to add your own contributions and advice for young adults on social media.
Unprofessional Public Profiles
As a college student, your social media presence needs to reflect responsibility. Whether it’s a Google search or a social media examination, chances are a company is looking into your history. And sometimes, even a completely private social media profile sets off red flags for employers. In today’s age of transparency, a professional (albeit public) profile is the ideal.
Never Share Confidential Information
This piece of advice goes for every social media user, not just students. But young people are especially vulnerable to online predators and identity thieves. No one should not share their personal tracking ID, their present location, and other confidential information. This is for their safety. Once you put them on social media, no hacking is needed – identity is straight stolen.
Overly Specific Location Check-Ins
Similar to protecting your identity, try not to get too specific with your social check-ins. Although your parents may appreciate the heads-up, posts like these make it easy for predators to locate you. And especially don’t check in on social media when you’re by yourself and/or in a remote location.
Never Post Illegal Activities
Granted, college students experiment with many activities and substances. But the second you post a video of getting high, you become vulnerable for college expulsion, consequences that affect the rest of your life. These can be downloaded and used against you in the future. Make sure you have put down all questionable content which can be seen publicly on your profile. You do not want your impression to go wrong during the interview, because office authorities often rely on social media before relying on their new-to-be employees.
Never Post Emotionally
We’ve all said and done things we regret. It’s human nature to react without thinking through the consequences. However, whenever possible, take a moment to imagine how your social media posts affect the feelings, safety and well-being of those around you — even your worst enemies. Posting an angry tweet in the heat of the moment may feel cathartic, but the momentary pleasure you get from writing it isn’t worth the potential harm it could create. Take a moment to breathe, think and reboot.
Social media is not the place to vent your frustrations and violent thoughts. Threatening a person or group of people in any situation is unbelievably serious. Even posting an anonymous, empty threat to an obscure online forum full of strangers will raise red flags. And as soon as authorities have located a threat, they have the right to investigate — and they will.
Bullying is one of the most serious problems in colleges today. There is something called cyberbully as well, which often leads to depression, violence, and also suicide. Children should never use any hateful words on social media to bully others, whether it is about race, religion, sex, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, etc.
Never Insult Teachers
Bullying doesn’t just apply to student-to-student interactions. Students who speak poorly of their teachers (or post embarrassing photos of them) run a huge risk, too. You may not like a teacher, but there is no need to throw trash on her on social media. You can get into a lot of trouble if you are found doing so, which can lead to punishment. So why take such risk; keep your hatred to yourself.
Avoid Relationship Drama
Avoid posting showing love through media or heart breaks and posting heavily emotional stuffs online. Do not make fun of yourself and also do not post that you do not want your school authorities and parents to see online.
The same goes for lying about professional/academic achievements when applying to a college or an internship. People will investigate. Just as they will investigate your social media for charges of plagiarism or cheating.