Don’ts for Students using Social MediaThursday March 14, 2019
Social media is a powerful tool, and can be used by institutions to enrich their educational programmes. However, one should be cautious while using it, as it can have negative impacts if used irresponsibly. Students should be trained to think before they post anything on the web, and carefully consider the outcomes of the same when it reaches millions of netizens. Here is a guide to the don’ts of social media, which every student should be aware of prior to using social media.
- Don’t get distracted and start using social sites for your entertainment while disregarding the educational content. Focus on your purpose.
- Don’t post irrelevant and inappropriate content This can spoil both your and your institution’s reputation.
- Don’t support or give in to cyber bullying Using the media to belittle someone, or to trash your teachers and school administration, is a grave offense. Often the posts can be tracked and can lead to undesirable outcomes.
- Don’t post confidential information This is of utmost importance. As everyone can see the information you post, personal or confidential information can lead to misuse of the same.
- Don’t post your location in real time This can help miscreants to take advantage of you at vulnerable points.
- Don’t spread lies, rumours or threats Sooner or later, such content may be traced back to you and land you in trouble.
- Don’t ignore school policies Always abide by your school or institution rules while posting on social media platforms.
- Don’t use unprofessional public profiles Always be careful about your image online. Recruiters also check social profiles of possible candidates before employing them. Do not say or put anything on your profile which you do not want a future employer to see.
- Don’t forget to log out of social media accounts, otherwise they may be hacked and misused against you.
- Don’t fall prey to people using false identity It is very easy to lie over the Internet and there is no way of knowing if someone is telling the truth. Students should be educated not to blindly trust or meet people they encounter over the Internet.
Social media can definitely change the way students learn. However, some planning and thought process is required before integrating it with the curriculum. Students need to be guided as to the proper and responsible use of social media and the impact their posts may have on the society as a whole. The best way perhaps is to teach by example and by stating actual facts, where online posts or interactions had a deep impact on people.