Your Own Stuff

Also, it’s not a good idea to share things when you’re feeling really emotional – whether you’re angry, sad, or excited. Calm down first and then decide if it’s really a good idea.

Next, ask yourself:
• 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?

Passwords are not social:
There are some things you need to be really careful about sharing. Sometimes friends share passwords with each other when all is good, but unfortunately, this can turn into a nightmare later.

An image lasts forever:
Some people think sharing a nude or sexy photo with a girlfriend or boyfriend – or someone they hope will be their girlfriend or boyfriend – shows they love or trust them. Be extra careful in this situation and think – an image can outlast a relationship. Remember that if somebody asks you to share something you are not comfortable with, you have the right to say no. Nobody who loves or respects you will pressure or threaten you.

Gone in seconds, but maybe not gone forever:
Some apps or social networking sites promise to auto-delete images or videos after a few seconds of viewing. But there are ways around this – the viewer could take a screenshot – so you still have to make smart decisions about sharing.