5.5 Social media safety issues
Section 3 touched on your digital wellbeing, and preventing isolation, building and maintaining relationships and reducing loneliness were all identified as positive aspects of digital activity. These can be achieved by participating in social media and social networking. However, there are also safety issues associated with social media, particularly around inappropriate posting. This could be as a result of you inadvertently or deliberately posting inappropriate content, or it could be inappropriate responses to your social media activity.
Your organisation should have guidance on what is permissible on social media, with the consequences of not following this advice made very clear.
You may receive negative responses from other social media users. Comments that do not agree with your views or perspectives are perfectly acceptable, but you may find yourself overwhelmed by a ‘backlash’ of comments, or even a victim of cyberbullying or harassment. If so, you need to consider how to, or even whether to, respond to this.
Box 2 Support and guidance
There are numerous resources online that provide support and guidance if you’re exposed to negative behaviours, or you’re worried about your own behaviour. You may wish to take some time to explore some that are listed below:
- Help Center | The Cybersmile Foundation
- Welsh Government Online Safety guidance | Welsh Government
- I’m being harassed by someone on social media. What can I do? | Metropolitan Police
- Social Networking Sites | Get Safe Online
- Dealing with online harassment | Support, health and wellbeing, University of York