DO's and DONT'S of Social Media

Social media is here to stay. The good thing about it is that it’s a great way to make friends, find friends that have things in common with you, and grow a business. But, social media also has its down side. So let’s explore some of the Do’s and Don’ts about social media.

The Don’ts

1. Cyberbullying

Don’t post mean things about others! Imagine how you feel when someone says something mean or bad about you or unfriends you. It makes you feel hurt and sad. Social media is supposed to be fun and entertaining. Don’t use it to get back at people or pick fights.

2. Peer Pressure

Don’t worry so much about your followers! They will either be there tomorrow or they won’t. The desire to be perfect, act perfect, and have the most elite groups can cause pressure to achieve very high standards, when in fact, it takes all the fun out of using social and becomes work trying to stay popular. The best thing about social media is that if someone unfriends you, you can always find another one!

3. Sleep and Anxiety Problems

Don’t be afraid you’re going to miss something! There are recent studies that prove that teenagers that engage in social media at night have problems sleeping and an increase in depression or anxiety. The pressure to answer that one last text or IM so nobody feels hurt or ignored can be unhealthy for you.

4. Addiction

"I would rather not eat for a week than get my phone taken away. It's really bad," said Gia, a13-year-old. "I literally feel like I'm going to die."

"When I get my phone taken away, I feel kind of naked," said Kyla, another 13-year-old. "I do feel kind of empty without my phone."

If you feel like these girls do, then you might want to re-think your social media strategy. Take a step back if you feel like you’re getting sucked into dark side of social media. Nothing is more important than your emotional wellbeing.

5. Gossip

Don’t do it! “Well he or she posted something mean about me, so I’m going to post something mean back.” You wouldn’t really do this in real-life, so why would you do it online? Speaking badly about others, or being mean is just plain wrong.

6. Privacy

Don’t get too personal or trusting! You don’t want to post a lot of public information about yourself or your family on social media because you never know who might be looking. Posting things like your address isn’t safe. Stay safe by being smart about what you post. And for heaven’s sake, don’t share your password!

The Do’s

1. Make Friends

Do make friends on social media just like you would in person! Choose friends and join groups that have things in common with you, and learn from them.

2. Grow Your Business

Do grow your business on social media! There is no bigger mouth with as many wagging tongues as social media. You could rack up a nice chunk of change by advertising your baby-sitting business or your lemonade stand.

3. Organize Time

Do set a time to be on social media so it doesn’t interfere with your school work or your sleep time. Social media is a part of your life. It’s not your whole life!

4. Share Your Page With Loved Ones

Do let your parents know you have a social media page. Let’s be honest, they’re going to find out anyway and it’s easy to fall into bad habits or scary situations without a little guidance. You can trust your parents to help you out if you start to see inappropriate pictures or experience threats from others online.

5. Homework

Do use it for homework. Yes! You can use social media to search for current events, political figures, and even celebrities.

6. Be Who You AreAnd remember, social media is the perfect place to show the world who you are! Use social media for the good it can do, and not the bad. Use it for the Do’s, and stay away from the Don’ts!