So a few nights ago I joined other concerned parents at my daughter’s high school. We were there to hear a panel made up of various representatives from Homeland Security, local law enforcement, the social media industry (Facebook), and a local news/sports personality (only 24 years old), and to raise our awareness about social media. Given my less than savvy understanding of the whole craze, I wanted to get some tips to ensure my kids are safe from creepers, cyber-bullying, or inappropriate photos that go in their “permanent record” for any prospective admissions counselors, employers, or spouses to see any time in the future.
Besides addressing those key safety concerns, I also learned some essentials that are even applicable to the use of social media in the workplace, like our ConNext tool.
- Social media is here to stay – it is like many other technologies when first introduced, though the rapid growth in the acceptance of this technology is unlike other technology introductions.
- Like so many other things, the use of social media can be used for good, or can be abused. However, the benefits of sharing news & knowledge, keeping in contact, expanding one’s network, etc. seem to far outweigh the risks.
- The “persona” you create in social media should be an accurate reflection of the real you, and you should be sharing things that would not be embarrassing if your grandmother were to see them.
- By leveraging the security preferences and access options, you can limit how much of you and what you share, is able to be seen and by whom. You can also tailor what and how information comes to you.
We all should certainly have less fear of the possible dangers lurking “out there” when using ConNext vs. other forms of more open social media. Hopefully some of the points mentioned above can minimize any other anxiety preventing us from leveraging the ConNext tool more fully.