Can I get a show of hands from people who think social media has become a large part of many students’ everyday life? Another show of hands from those who use social media for leisure, networking/social interaction or for employability purposes?
I use social media mainly for social interaction and leisure more than anything else, but I know for a fact that some of us students spend way too long online, and I don’t know about you but I’m pretty good at multi-tasking.
Now let’s be honest – do you send text messages while you’re watching some of your favourite TV programmes? Post selfies or get distracted while doing important tasks to track followers on Instagram? Or how about browsing the internet and coming off task, while typing up an assignment? Most of us are probably guilty, let’s face it!
Social media is no secret – I mean, there are no secrets on social media. What I mean by that is, what you put out there, stays out there, so it’s important for us to be social media savvy students. Every time you post something on social media, you’re creating a digital footprint – even if it’s been deleted, it’s still traceable!
Social media etiquette for students means that some things are like unspoken rules (but I’ll speak about them anyway and in no particular order):
Social media platforms are generally quite informal with next to no filtering and for this reason, we students might be tempted to take freedom of speech literally, being less cautious about what we post, what we say and how our opinions might be perceived.
Being a social media savvy student is just about being aware of the negative and positive impact of being online and most of all, staying safe.
Have a great weekend everyone!