Tech Girl: Facebook Protection

Staying in the loop of things has become as easy as logging onto Facebook. There, you can find out what your friends from school areNetSafety up to and what’s on their mind.

Nowadays, networking sites like Facebook serve as our main source of our information and communication. Through the power of the Internet, people can get access to personal information like what you are doing, where you are and whom you are with…if you post it.

Though Facebook is meant to be fun, it must be used with caution and responsibility. We all love posting pictures on Facebook, but we rarely stop and think about who is able to view our pictures. You never know who is out there searching your name and looking at your profile, so it is necessary that you are aware of the dangers Facebook brings.

When posting a picture, keep three things in mind:

  • What does this picture suggest?
  • Does it give away any personal information, such as location?
  • Could there be a negative response after I post this picture?

Those are just a few things to keep in mind before uploading a picture. Other things to consider: be aware of who your friends are. People with bad intentions could be lurking around your profile pretending to be someone they are not. Your parents probably warned you to be careful online, but once you have had an account for several years, you may forget about the dangers that are always around.

If you have doubts about posting a picture, the best thing to do would be to keep it off the Internet. Once something is on the web, you can never erase it. Several people have had their risqué pictures land online, whether intentional or not. And certain attention can damage your self-esteem.

Sometimes you might think that a picture is harmless, but it could be sending people the wrong message about you. Make sure you know what the picture will represent.

Be careful on the Internet and you won’t regret it in the future.