Pretty much all of us have got a profile on at least one social networking site.
For the most part, they’re used as a way to make new friends, keep in touch with those you’ve already got and find out about your favourite bands.
It’s a system that’s open to misuse too, though, so make sure that you’re fully protected using our guide.
Most social networking sites have a section where you can talk about yourself and the things you like to do. When completing this part of your profile, try not to give too much of your personal life away; make sure you keep a little bit back for yourself.
The more information a person has about you, the more they can use it to perhaps abuse your trust. Never give details of regular hangouts or specifics about where you live. Avoid listing your surname or those of your mates or other relatives.
It’s only natural that you’ll want to put a few photos on your profile so people can see just how gorgeous you actually are, but just like your personal details, you shouldn’t give too much away.
If a photo shows you with a friend or relative, ask their permission before you upload it to your profile. In the photo descriptions, don’t be too specific. It might be a good idea to put up too many photos of yourself.
Why not show off what a great photographer you are and upload photos you’ve taken?
When posting videos on your profile, make sure that you have the permission of whoever owns the copyright. If you’re posting a home-made video, make sure it’s not offensive or your profile may be deleted. As before, you should try not to give too much of your personal life away in your video.
Comments and messaging
When leaving comments on someone else’s profile, try and write something you wouldn’t mind being read by just about anybody. No matter what frame of mind you’re in, leaving messages that could be interpreted as threatening or violent messages- even if you mean it as a joke- might not be read properly and could upset somebody.
When it comes to comments about you on your profile, it might be worth setting the moderation option to ‘on’, meaning that you must read all comments before they’re posted to your profile.
If you get comments from people you don’t know or don’t like the look of, think before you reply. Just why are they contacting you?
You might receive friend requests from people you’ve never hard of before. Before you accept, check out their profile thoroughly. If you’re still not sure about them, ask a friend to check it out or message them asking why they want to be your friend. If you don’t like the look of them, you can usually block them on their profile, which means you won’t be able to hear from them again.
If someone is creeping you out, sending nasty messages or just generally making you uncomfortable you should report it as soon as you can. Social networking sites treat users’ safety as a priority and will take any complains seriously.
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