Facebook urges users to "think before you share"

The social media giant has paired up with SpunOut.ie to produce a digital guide

Facebook and SpunOut.ie have teamed up to create a new social media initiative that urges young people to think before they share online. The safety guide reminds users of the need to be thoughtful when engaging in any activity online and to avoid upsetting others in the process.

"Most of the time, sharing is good. But if we aren't thoughtful about how we share, we run the risk of hurting ourselves or someone else," explains the document. "Also, remember that the things you share with your friends can end up being shared with others. That's why it's important to think before you share."

The document, which is available to read in full here, features three tips from Facebook. 

  • Passwords are not social. Don't share your password with anyone. For additional security tips go to: Facebook.com/help/securitytips
  • Check your privacy settings at Facebook.com/privacy to see who can view your posts
  • Check the audience selector tool each time you post on Facebook in order to make sure you are sharing it with your desired audience. 

Facebook users have a significant amount of control over who sees what information on their profile. It's worth taking time to go through the options and ensuring you are happy with yours. 

Questions:

The "Think Before You Share" document asks users to remember the following:

  • Is this how I want people to see me?
  • Could somebody use this to hurt me? Would I be upset if they shared it with others?
  • What's the worst thing that could happen if I shared this?

While the majority of the document looks to prevent any online instances of awkwardness, it does contain advice for users, should anything go wrong. 

Users can find further information and support services at:

MediaSmarts.org, SpunOut.ie or Facebook.com/Safety.