Social Media Safety For Seniors

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Social media has made the internet feel more like a home than just the abstract cyberspace it is. Now you can showcase your life for the world to see on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This habit has many pros and cons to it. One of the biggest positive aspects of it is that you can keep contact with friends and family members living overseas. A negative spin-off of this is that any random stranger can also have access to your profile if you are not careful.

Getting Social with Social Media
It’s common place to see small children with a smartphone in their hands, swiping, clicking it and playing games. Mobile and internet technology has become a normal aspect of most people’s lives. But for those that didn’t grow up with it, or didn’t have exposure to it in the workplace, it can be a very daunting thing. If you’ve decided to take the plunge into cyberspace and you’ve created your Facebook profile, consider these few things.

Your Safety Settings Are Important
Firstly, while creating your profile, you will be asked to set up your safety settings. Don’t simply skip over this page, ignoring the “fine print”, it is crucial to make sure who can access your information. With no safety measures in place, literally anybody in the world can click on your photos, save them or browse through your wall posts to see what you’ve been up to. Follow the steps and read carefully what each setting will allow or block. Not to fret if you did decide to skip the safety settings step, you can access it again after setting up your profile in the top right-hand corner of Facebook.

Go through the privacy settings as well. With all social media platforms, it’s best to fill in as little personal information as possible. For instance, adding your exact home address and making visible publicly can be very dangerous. Also, making your contact details visible can result in unwanted telemarketing calls or spam emails. When you start using a new social media tool, it is advisable to set aside some time to make sure you are aware of all the possible safety issues. All the social media websites have a page with security tips in their help section.

Setting Up Your Profile
Creating a social media profile, necessary information to access your details will be either your email address or username and a password. Make sure you keep this information safe. Social media sites don’t email you to verify personal information. Be careful of scammers!

Know Who You Friend
On Facebook make sure you don’t accept Friend Requests from people you don’t know. Once they are your friend, they will have access to information may not want to be revealed. Social media can be a great communication method for seniors, but it is important to keep the safety of your information in mind when sharing.

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