Tuesday, 30 June 2015

5 social media tips from a teenager

This is a guest post from Chloe. She's going to be appearing here more often, sharing tips for brothers and teenagers, and sharing her stories.
1. Don’t share naked pictures around. No matter what age, but especially if you’re under 18.
Okay so you know how parents say that everything that you share on the internet will be there forever? Yeah, it really is. No matter the social media platform that you share these types of pictures on police can, and will, track them. If you send these pictures out you get fined for supplying child pornography, the person who you sent them to will get fined for possession of child pornography and it’s not really something that you want because that stays on your record forever.
2. Not everyone online is being truthful about who they are.
You’re told all throughout primary school about ‘stranger danger’ and the internet is another entire playing field. Strangers sit around every single corner, they lurk in dark places of the internet and wait to pounce on anyone they can get their hands on. An ex-friend of mine dated a guy she met online for ten months; one day she called and was extremely distressed, the boy actually ended up being another friend of ours and she had been lying for ten months. Be careful who you trust online.
3. Use your time wisely.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who uses social media but it’s a huge distraction. Ten minutes becomes three hours and before you know it the assignment due in tomorrow is long down the drain and you know you won’t hand it in on time. Internet is a tool that can be used for both good and bad.
4. Don’t send anonymous hate.
I understand exactly how social media works and, shockingly, how high school works. I mean somedays I get home and just want to scream into the endless abyss that is social media but I don’t and I certainly will never attack someone on social media through the use of anonymous messages. Online services such as Tumblr and ask.fm have exceptionally high rates of anonymous messaging because services like that are usable, unlike Facebook/twitter/etc. But just because this service is there means that it shouldn’t be used for that kind of evil. From my own personal experience I know how awful it is to receive anonymous hate especially when you look around your classroom and you know that any one of those people could have been attacking you online.
5. Social media is a privilege.
Remember that your parents hold the key to your social media. They can give and take it as much as they want. Sure it’s not something that you want to admit because you like to think that you’re an independent teenager but guess what unless you have bought your phone, pay for your phone credit/wi-fi then your social media is not yours. And until you do those things your social media won’t be yours so thank your parents for having the privilege of social media and don’t break their trust in you.

Linking with Essentially Jess

15 comments:

  1. Great tips here! Will share with my early teens!

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  2. Awesome post! I'm happy to hear that Chloe will be a guest blogger for you, Cate! :o)

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  3. From a sensible teen. Obviously had good lessons as a child to be able to make sense of it all in mid teens.

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  4. Great tips from one teen to another! Will share these tips with my twin teens!

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  5. These are great tips that I will be keeping for when mine turn into teens. Well done on your blogging Chloe.

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  6. Clever girl. She's already got it all figured out. x

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  7. Great tips Chloe. A lot of people could learn a lot from you.

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  8. So hard to believe she just left high school and has already worked all this stuff out.

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    1. i haven't left high school yet actually, I'm finished in november this year though :)

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  9. Chloe that is such a great post. It means so much more too because it is aimed at your own age group. Brilliant advice - have you thought of having a blog of your own?!

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    1. She has one, but she's neglected it this year because of year 12, but she's pretty excited about sharing posts here occasionally.

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  10. What a fantastic post! I hope that my kids are half as savvy as this one day.

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  11. Very sensible tips here and great advice xx

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  12. What a great idea to have Chloe guest posting. Is that her in the pic above? She looks so much cooler than I ever was as a teen! At any rate, she's totally nailed this post. I hope my girls will be as switched on as she is. You must be proud. #teamIBOT

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  13. Great tips and how lucky are you Cate, having your very own personal guest poster! Look forward to seeing more of Chloe round here!

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