Navigating Social Media

Navigating Social Media


  • You stay connected and build friendships.
  • You can build a community, and get a sense of belonging.
  • You can express your ideas, creativity and share your interests.
  • You can have fun.

  • Exposes you to cyberbullying.
  • Exposes you to misinformation.
  • Leads to the feeling of lack of real connection and distorted view of others.
  • It can be a real drain on your time and a strategy to avoid more important things.

How to use social media safely?

  • Set social boundaries -don’t engage with people who you don’t know in real life.
  • Be kind online – expect everything you do to be shared.
  • Safeguard your reputation online; think twice of what you share ­your future employer might see it.
  • Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and cyberbullying.

How to stay in control of social media usage?

  • Stop worrying about missing out!
  • Change notification settings (it’s best to turn them all off).
  • Monitor your usage (use apps like Screen Time, Moment).
  • Disconnect regularly.
  • Turn your screen to gray scale or utility mode to make it less appealing.
  • Cut your access to apps temporarily (Freedom, Forest, Thrive).
  • Delete apps too!
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