Technology these days is changing at a rapid pace, with trends rising and falling faster than the blink of an eye. However, this doesn’t mean that people have to be left out on the wonders of technology, especially social media and being able to connect with people all over the world.
Here are 5 tips for how social media beginners can make sure they have a great time.
#1 Add Your Friends and Family
Before creating your profile, sit down at your kitchen table and start making a list of all your family and friends. Social media is all about surrounding yourself with loved ones and connecting with distant friends, so when it comes to this list, the more the merrier!
When it gets to the point where people are sending you friend requests, though, be sure to give their profile a thorough look and make sure they’re someone you know.
#2 Configure Your Privacy Settings
The great strength of social media is that it connects individuals from all over the globe who would never normally meet. Unfortunately, this means that people you may not trust can look at your profile and see all of your posts about your life and family.
Once you’ve finished setting up your profile, be sure to take a look in your security settings and set them to how you would like to be seen. Whether that means the whole world can see your profile or just your immediate friends is no one’s business but your own.
#3 Ask Relatives Permission Before Talking About Them
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or an extended family member, social media is a great place to stay up to date on a child’s achievements and congratulate them. However, while you may want to share their wedding or grad photos, they may not be comfortable with strangers seeing them.
Before sharing a loved one’s photos or posts, be sure to ask them for permission so they can have peace of mind about who is seeing their photos and you can be as publicly proud as you want.
#4 Use Your Private Messaging for Sensitive Content
When you want to contact a loved one and they’re not picking up your phone calls, it can be really tempting to go on their profile and leave a public post telling them to call you, but this can make a private issue public and clog up newsfeeds.
Whether you’re looking to share a funny photo, ask a sensitive question, or are just looking to have a friendly conversation, take advantage of a social media platform’s private messaging tool to make sure your conversations stay secure.
#5 Research News Articles and Stories Before Sharing
Social media is a great place to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends, but not everything that pops up online is a trustworthy source of truth. Misinformation and scams are all over social media, and researches have found that 75% of adults are fooled into thinking a fake story is true.
When you’re enjoying a social media platform and come across a story that is very interesting, be sure to quickly google the article to make sure that what you are sharing to your loved ones is the absolute truth.
Social media is a fantastic tool for people looking to connect, but it can be overwhelming to look at all the different sites and profile settings before getting started. However, our team of care staff is ultra-savvy when it comes to technology and can help you make a grade-A profile in no time.
At The Canopy, our care facilities are designed to provide as many great experiences as possible. Give our staff a call today at (386) 515-7215 or visit us online and check out the wide range of activities our locations have to offer.