Facebook me! Tweetpic! YouTube it! Growing up in the Tech Generation gives us plenty of access to live out our lives on the internet. With most high school students on Facebook and Twitter, just about all of us have heard the expressions “Facebook me” or “Tweetpic.” We think nothing of tweeting, “At the mall with my favorite friend” or posting a picture of our new puppy on Facebook, but do you realize what you’re doing?
Everything you post on the internet is FOREVER! That picture of you looking all dolled up at homecoming will still be on the internet 30 years from now. Thought you could erase that mean tweet you posted about a teacher? Think again, kiddo. Sure, these social networking sites give us the option of deleting what we post, but it will forever be documented somewhere on the internet.
Having a Facebook and Twitter account can be a great way to keep in touch with old and new pals, but we have to be very careful about what content we post. Here are some things to keep in mind and remember to think before you post!
- Never post your exact location! You never know who can see your information and you may not want them to know where you are.
- Cyber bullying is never ok! Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can also hurt, so think about the things you say online.
- Inappropriate pictures should never be posted. If your mom wouldn’t approve of the picture, then you probably should not post it. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words!
- It may seem cool to use profanity, but would you use those words at the dinner table? If not, then you should think twice before posting them on the internet.