Social Media Safety

Social networking sites such as Facebook®, Twitter® and Instagram® are a fun way to stay in touch and share your interests with friends. But what you post online can affect you offline, too.

Check off the safety precautions you take to protect your online identity:

About Me-

  • I make my contact information private
  • My full name, address, phone number, social security number or credit card numbers are not listed or visible to the public
  • I limit who can search for my profile online
  • My screen name doesn't reveal my age, gender, or isn't similar to my email address
  • Only I know my passwords and they are not easy to guess

Credible companies will never ask you for personal information. If someone online asks you for this information, ignore or block them.

My Friends-

  • The names of my friends and family members on my profile are safe
  • limit my online friends to people I actually know
  • I keep my "online" friends online and don't make plans to meet strangers offline
  • I avoid or ignore messages from cyberbullies and "trolls" (people who post unwanted messages to provoke or harass)

If you experience cyberbullying, tell a parent, teacher or another trusted adult.

My Interests-

Employers, college officials and police can find your social profiles. Even if you delete posts, you never know who has already saved them on other computers and can circulate them on the Internet.

  • I limit who can see my pictures, location "check-ins" or status updates
  • I untag myself from photos when necessary
  • I think about the language I use or pictures I take before posting
  • I avoid sex talk online and "sexting" with friends and strangers

If you receive uncomfortable messages, tell a parent or teacher right away. You can also contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children off-site link.They will pass the information to law enforcement officials.

Want more information about social media safety? Visit these websites: