Facebook SafetyBy: Mary Rose Leonard & Lila Boutari
o Don’taccept invites to events. If you• Do set your profile to plan to attend an “Only my friends”. event, send and email. Why? (Give reason here) Why? So that only your (Give reason friends can see your here)So that the wall posts and world won’t see who comments. you sent it to, and for what.
• Thou Shalt Not List Every Movie, TV Show, Band and Book • Dont tag photos of You Have Ever Heard your friends on Of In Your Profile Facebook that could Why? get them in trouble. Because these things Why? can be personal. Not because the photos caneveryone needs to know inappropriate.EVERYTHING you like.
• Dont tag your friends in• Thou Shalt Not “Poke” unflattering photos. Indiscriminately Tagging photos of friends Why? dressed in old 80s Because people can fashions and with bad poke you for no perms can be funny, but reason, if it continues, tagging a picture of them then it might start taken last week with food between their teeth is not offering inappropriate so funny. pokes or trying to get Why? you to download the because it isn’t very nice to newer version of a see the other people be upset certain poke. with you
• Dont type something you wouldnt say in real • Thou shalt not “friend” life. You shouldnt hide people you don’t behind a computer and actually know say hurtful things that Why? you wouldnt dream ofBecause you might not saying to some onesknow the person unless face.you have met them in Why? Because that personreal life. You might not might see it and it mightknow who you are upset the person.friends with if you justaccept requests.
• Dont share something on your page or in your status. Thou shalt not update thy status • Thou shalt not use a message if thine wall as a messaging status hath ber. function. Why? Why? Because it might beBecause anyone can see personally, and you don’tthe conversation when it want people to see it.is on your wall.
• Thou shalt not act like • Dont feel obligated to you’re on MySpace add applications Why? because friends sentBecause you don’t want them to you.to get people to get junk Why?ads or adding glitter to Because it might doyour wall. something bad to your computer and viruses might be in the program.
• Dont type in all caps unless you really• Thou Shalt Not mean to shout, Contact People From otherwise its just Your Distant Past annoying and While Intoxicated becomes tedious quickly.Because Facebook and • Why?alcohol can be a • Because it can annoypotentially deadly people, and it mightcombination. not make people care about it.
• Thou Shalt Not Give • Dont want everyone "Gifts" on your Friend list to Why? know. Because it can Why? contain viruses and Because you might not just isn’t good to do. be something everyone wants to know. Once you post something, it isn’t easy to get it away.
• Dont share identifying information such as your • Thou Shalt Not Use address or telephone Stupid Apps number. Why? Why?Because it can contain Because anyone mightviruses or it can add be able to contact youmany files to your whenever, and you mightcomputer without even not know who it is.knowing.
• Thou Shalt Not Join A Billion Groups • Dont ask someone to Why? be your friend more Theres nothing wrong than once. with joining a few Why? groups, but dont go It might start alloying crazy. Oh - and dont the person, and if they join Gladstones. don’t want to be Seriously. It will only friends with you, you encourage him. need to accept it.
• Thou Shalt Not Update Thy Status Message If Thine Status Hath Not • Dont friend someone, Changed (Or If You Have Nothing especially younger Clever To Say) Why? Facebook users, ifWait until you either have somethingclever to say or - godforbid - your content would besomething happens before you update inappropriate for theiryour status message. A sandwich(good or bad), an observation about age groupthe upcoming election, a funny Why?encounter in the hallway - it doesnthave to be much, but it has to be Their parents might notsomething. Heres what I dont need to want them to be friendsknow: that youre still at your desk. IKNOW youre at your desk. Its a with someone whoweekday during normal business shows inappropriatehours. If your status hasnt changed,why do you feel the need to "update" content.it?
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