When deciding whether to post photos or comments on social media, there are a number of factors to consider. In addition to your own thoughts, you need to take into account that friends and family members will be impacted by your choices. Also, once something is posted, even if you delete it at a later date, the content remains on-line as part of your Internet footprint.
Questions to ask:
- Does this photo reflect an image you feel comfortable sharing and will my friend(s) included in the photo also approve of their image going public?
- How will your parents, siblings, or grandparents feel if they see the picture?
- Will I be happy that I posted this picture five years from now? When you post a photo online, remember that it leaves an Internet footprint or online history that remains even if you delete the photo.
- Should I post this status? Is the content rude or abrasive? Are you sharing too much personal information?
- Should I post this comment? Is the comment kind? Would you say it to someone face-to-face?
- Should I share this link? Is the link for a website with appropriate content? Does the link give TMI (too much information), compromising your privacy and safety?