Social Media Responsibility & Etiquette

Social Media Responsibility & Etiquette

Trying to figure out how to navigate the explosion of social media sites available today? In this lesson, we’ll discuss a social media user’s responsibilities and tips for being on your best behavior online.

Pause Before You Post
Don has a nice job as a writer for a monthly magazine in his hometown. Over the weekend, he spies a local television commercial he thinks is funny and comments about it on his favorite social media network. By Monday, word of his post has traveled to his boss, who calls Don into her office and asks why he chose to poke fun at one of the magazine’s largest advertising clients. Don is taken aback and stammers out a reply. His boss, unfortunately, is not satisfied with his answer and terminates Don’s employment.

This may seem like an extreme case of social media consequences, but would it surprise you to know it is true? The name and specific circumstances have been changed to protect the guilty, but it is a true story about someone who lost his job over what he thought was an innocent social media comment.

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Social media has grown in popularity over the years, with one site turning into two and now hundreds of options for sharing your thoughts, photos, and videos and for interacting with friends and family.

The more it grows, the more we discover about the do’s and don’ts of social media. The same rules apply to all social media playgrounds, regardless of which site is your favorite. Let’s take a look at some best practices for engaging in responsible social media use and best practices for social site etiquette.

Put people first
You won’t agree with everything or everyone you encounter on social media networks, but treat each person with dignity and respect. The Golden Rule of treating others how you want to be treated is a good practice.

Prioritize safety
Do not turn to social media as a way to harass, demean or bully someone else. Sitting in front of a computer screen does not give you license to embarrass, intimidate or spread hurtful rumors about others.

Post carefully
Regardless of your privacy settings, keep in mind that anything can possibly be seen, by anyone, at any time (even by that person that you didn’t want to see it)! Think before you post!

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