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Social Media Etiquette for Students

Social Media Etiquette for Students

Hello everyone,

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):

Rule of etiquette #1. DO NOT USE ALL CAPITALS WHEN POSTING ONLINE. This can be perceived as using an aggressive tone of voice or shouting.
Rule of etiquette #2. Simply do not say to others what you wouldn’t like them to say to you. It’s so easy to be a blabber mouth online but there are real people behind computers (just in case you didn’t know – hehee).
Rule of etiquette #3. Remember that with everything you post, you’re creating an impression, not to mention a reputation for yourself, so think about the image you want to portray especially if you’re using social media for networking and employment opportunities. Note – whatever you post online may even come back on you later on, so consider how social media might affect your career in the future.
Rule of etiquette #4. It’s important to strike the right balance between using social media or digital devices and having face-to-face interaction. Of course, there’s always Face Time, but it will never be the same as having that real-life interaction with another person.
Rule of etiquette #5. You’re responsible for what you post! If you don’t want anyone to see it, don’t post it or even better, set your profile to private instead of making it public. Think about employers and what your profile says about you.

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!


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