Use of Social Networking sites

The popularity of the internet and social networking sites has created   opportunities for individuals to vastly increase their social network. Recent research has also shown that individuals using the internet for social reasons are far more uninhibited than in real life.

The internet has created a whole new social network of cyber friends located worldwide and with this has come the increased capacity for and,  instance of abuse.

If you use social networking sites you must consider your professional standing.

Online relationships are no different from relationships off-line

For some, the anonymity of texting or emailing takes away the human element. Remember that people on line are still real people and you should treat them with the same level of respect as if they were in the room.

Be mindful of the fact that you are communicating differently

Without using facial expressions and tone of voice, it is easy to misinterpret what is read on screen. For example, WRITING IN CAPITALS could be seen as shouting.

  • Be respectful of other people’s privacy Do not send messages, photos, gossip or facts of other people without asking them first.
  • Never give away personal information Never give out private information about yourself or other people you know. This includes addresses, phone numbers, bank account details and private email addresses. Never give anyone your passwords for anything, even to someone you trust.
  • If you wouldn’t say it, don’t send it People can act in different ways when they are online. Ask yourself– would I say this if the person was  sitting in font of me? If the answer is 'no', don't send it.
  • There’s  history, so what you send can be traced Everything you send and post online or by text is stored and can be traced to your sim card and computer.
  • Be polite Do not use offensive language or act in an abusive manner– it could come back to haunt you. You never know who is reading what you write and who this might be sent to.