BY MAYA HAMATY/STAFF WRITER
Social media plays a huge role in today’s society. According to internetsafety101.org, nearly 71% of teens have social networking sites. Being safe and appropriate on apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat is the most important thing to do if you have these sites.
These apps are extremely dangerous because you are exposing your life, you are posting pictures, tweeting about how you feel, and snapchatting about where you are. By posting these videos and pictures, you are putting yourself at risk of being harassed or bullied from your followers or anyone that sees your account.
On social media, you can be contacted by anyone who has an account. You might receive a message from a stranger pretending to be somebody else. The account could say that it belongs to a 13 year old boy when it really belongs to a 40 year old man. This happens a lot on social media. If you ever receive a message from a stranger, block the account. You never know who the person could really be. It might be a kidnapper, pedophile, or even a serial killer, which sadly happens quite often. You can never be too safe.
If you are planning to create an account for a social media network, make sure to make it private. Only people that follow you can view your profile, but make sure you know the person before making them one of your followers. Don’t accept someone just to get more followers, because that doesn’t make you more popular and getting 100 likes on a selfie doesn’t make you prettier.
Getting a social media network is fine, as long as you use it wisely and your safe on it. Go outside sometimes, hang out with your friends, and breathe some fresh air. Just remember that because Facebook says you have 500 “friends” doesn’t mean they’re actually your friends.