How you act online can really reflect on you professionally as a nurse. So check out these popular netiquette rules and see for yourself if you are breaking these social media etiquette rules.
Social Media Etiquette
What is etiquette? Let’s define that before we go any further. In life, there are manners and certain ways you should act so that you aren’t offending anyone. Etiquette isn’t an old fashioned ideal. It’s a way to get along with almost anyone.
You don’t chew your food with your mouth open or talk with your mouth full, for example. That’s good table etiquette.
Social media etiquette is behaving with kindness online. That’s the easiest way to define it. You can also call it netiquette rules. (Net…internet…get it?)
So what are the different social media etiquette rules you need to keep in mind? Let’s look at them.
1. Prevent Oversharing on Social Media
There is such a thing as over-sharing. It’s both annoying and childish to post every 15 minutes about every detail of your existence. In addition to the fact that you’ll likely have poor online relationships, you can also just reveal too much.
Only post things that you don’t mind the entire world knowing. Does the entire world need or want to hear you rant about politics multiple times a day?
One way to handle this is to lock down your social media accounts so that the only people you are sharing this with are the people that you know enjoy reading or seeing it.
2. Avoid Being a Crime Victim
You do not want to make yourself a target for crime by posting too much information online. If you post about being home alone you’re setting yourself up for an encounter you’d prefer to avoid. If you say you’re not at home and it’s clear based upon your timeline that you live alone, you are setting yourself up to be robbed.
3. Would you want your kids to do it?
You are a role model for your children. If you wouldn’t want them sharing it about themselves online then you probably shouldn’t share it yourself. So the next time you start to post about the color of your underwear or contents of your glass, you might want to think again. Would you want your kid to do the same?
4. Keep Your Kids’ Privacy in Mind
You’re embarrassing your kids. I know you think that everything your child does is precious and you should share it with the world, but honestly, your kids are going to hard a hard time dealing with all those naked pictures you put up on facebook.
What to do if you find your information online
But what happens when personal information that you don’t want to be shared with the world is suddenly revealed on the internet? What happens when you aren’t the one doing the sharing? What if your identity is stolen and your personal data is being shared with criminals in one of the various forums that exist with the primary intent of sharing stolen information. How do you go about removing personal information from the internet?
And here’s something even scarier to consider: Your personal information might be out there right now and you may not even know about it.
How do you find out if your personal information is being shared or possibly even sold on the internet?
Hire an identity theft monitoring service.
There are many options to choose from that all offer a variety of services to help keep you safe online. And the price tag attached to the services is small compared to the peace of mind they deliver.
Your identity is very valuable. The average identity is worth $5000 and 9 million identities are stolen each year in the United States alone. That’s a profitable criminal industry!
Protect yourself initially by being aware of how much you share. And go the extra mile by making sure others aren’t sharing your stolen information.
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