#BeSocialMediaSmart 4: Avoid These 10 Acts Of Social Media Cruelty

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POSTING A PICTURE WITHOUT PERMISSION
So you hanged out with this friend at a party or another social event, and took some ‘great’ pictures. Well, you think they are great photos. But what about your friend, are they great to her? So before you post any picture of you and another person online, make sure the other party has no problem with it.

RANDOM TAGGING
Have you ever been tagged in a post which has no relation to you whatsoever? How did you feel? Never tag anyone in a random post just because their name appear on the suggestion. You should only tag when when the post is relevant to the other person.

WRITING NEGATIVE POSTS ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS NOT A PUBLIC FIGURE
Saying all sorts of negative things about a celebrity on social media could be fine, they never read anyway. But a negative post about that classmate or housemate? That can land you into serious problems. Never let personnal feuds escalate in public, and by public, social media is inclusive.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS A CRIME
Sexual harassment can happen online. Do you remember that sexually provocative joke about a classmate someone told, never publish it online as a comedy kit. It is a serous offense.

RACIAL SLURS
Any racial slur is 100% wrong. Recently a religious leader made some tribal remarks which did not go well with a section of the public and created a commotion on social media. So be careful of the remarks you make about someone’s color, religion, tribe, race or sexual orientation. It is their personal life. Remember not all jokes are funny.

CYBERBULLYING CAN KILL
Did you know a number of students have been reported dead because of cyberbullying? What exactly is cyberbullying? Kidshealth.org defines it as the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarass, or target another person. Online threats and mean, aggressive, or other tweets, texts, posts or messages all count. So does posting personal information, pictures, or videos designed to hurt or embarass someone else. You wouldn’t want to go that road, would you? Check kuulpeeps.com for a campaign against cyberbullying this month.

POSTING THAT SOMEONE IS TRAVELLING AND GIVING SPECIFIC DETAILS
It might seem helpful, but you are letting criminals know how and when to cause harm to the person, or if possible, rob his house.

APOLOGIZING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Apologizing is private, that is in person or by email or direct message. Do it as a public post, and it will look like a cop-out and that you did not take the time to do it in person, according tl John Brandon, contributing editor for Inc.com.

REFRAIN FROM POSTING EXAM RESULTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
It has become a so-called custom nowadays to publsih results of some students on social media after the BECE or WASSCE examinations. That ks very shocking. No matter how smart the person is or how close she could be, never post his or her results online, irrespective of his superb the results are. Exam results is part of the private life.

DO NOT LIE
Your reputation is at stake, and lying is not a great way to build up your reputation and it creates confusion. Eventually, you will be found out.

There you are. These are 10 things you should never do on social media, no matter how exciting or harmless it might seem.

In my last episode, I will tell you things you must rather do on social media.

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