Take the test: How risky are my social media posts?

1. Your online presence

How much do you think about what you write on social media?

What might seem a throwaway comment could get you in serious trouble. Whether it’s a review, a blog entry, a tweet or a Facebook post, what you write online has the potential to reach an audience of thousands or even millions. With great power comes great responsibility.

Anything you post online is considered publishing and held to the same legal standard as a newspaper. Your online persona is often your first impression, so would you say face to face what you write online? Take a simple to test discover the the legal and practical consequences of getting it wrong.

2. Take the test

Find out how risky you are being on social media.

3. How do you interact online?

Nathalie Nahai explores why we take risks online we wouldn't in person by looking at examples of how one post can change your life.

4. How can I protect myself online?

Nathalie Nahai’s top tips for interacting online

How to avoid costly mistakes when using social media.

  • Always know what your privacy settings are on all your social media accounts.

  • If you're using an app that pulls in data from your social accounts make sure you're not sharing sensitive information across different platforms.

  • Check out your employer’s social media policy. If they don’t have one yet they will soon.

  • When you experience something that angers or upsets you, stop and take 10 deep breaths before deciding whether or not to post.

  • Don’t write anything online that you wouldn't say face to face.

  • Never post when you're angry or drunk – you’ll only regret it later.

  • Even if you’re using an alias account, applications can be made to a court to force service providers to disclose information if you break the law.

  • Always remember anything you post online can be used and shared without your knowledge or consent.

Learn more about this topic:

How to think like a computer
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External learning-related websites:

  • LifeSkills - Online reputation - Lesson plan pack designed to help students consider their personal brand and digital footprint (Free registration required.)
  • LifeSkills - Wellbeing toolkit - Resource developed with support from the mental health anti-stigma and discrimination campaign, Time to Change. (Free registration required.)