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The Problem With Social Media is Access

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We have all heard people say that social media causes drama. I have always maintained that this statement is not true. People cause drama. Before computers, they used telephones. Before telephones, they sent letters. They probably even used hieroglyphics to create drama. Social media is merely the latest tool for those who create drama. However, it is the most powerful tool to date.

The component that makes it so powerful is access. Even though there are privacy settings on social media sites, there is no real privacy. People who we would not share information with or socialize with can gain access to us through social media. Unfortunately, people who create drama use this information to cause problems in real life. It can be anything from annoying gossip, to fake profiles and can even lead to violent or deadly altercations in real life.

The best way to prevent these issues is be careful what you post and monitor your profiles carefully. Teens should be closely monitored by adults. They spend countless hours on social media. Without proper supervision, they can get into trouble very quickly. My daughter, Vanyce, and I had a candid discussion about teens and social media. She shared her experience with cyberbullying. Fortunately, she came to me and we resolved it quickly. You can tune in to our conversation by clicking here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wbdnradio/2015/02/06/vee-chat-teens-and-social-media

Here are a few common sense ways to avoid social media drama:

  • Never disclose your location, place of employment or school. Make sure that building numbers are not visible in images of your home.
  • Do not post personal business or comment on a post that should be personal.
  • Do not post personal information.
  • Avoid "rants." If you are hurt or angry, do don't post.
  • Don't post about a specific person or incidents.
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Valante M. Grant is the founder of The byDesign Network. She has built a network that encompasses broadcast media, audio and video production, copy writing and graphic design. Her primary creative focus is customization. Her philosophy is that every human being is one of God’s designer originals. She uses her creativity to design a life that fulfills her purpose and helps others reach their destiny. Valante will share her message of encouragement on her blog. Valante resides in the Chicago metropolitan area. Her inspiration is her daughter, Vanyce.

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