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Social Media are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks. ~Wikipedia

Use of social media has allowed us to connect with people across the world. We can access information and build communities that can enhance our lives and improve our knowledge. The use of social media can be for education, professional development, research and just plain fun. Social media is immediate and usable and changes the way that we interact with each other.

Which of these are you using?

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Snap Chat
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram

There are so many positive impacts of social media use. But we must also be aware of the potential dangers and negative impacts. We should be mindful of how much information we share in our communication. How are we presenting ourselves in this global digital society? Some of the negative implications include cyberbullying, stalking, phishing and harassment.  Knowing how to be a good digital citizen while protecting your private information is essential for having a safe and secure online presence.

Resources:

Tips to avoid these common scams:

Scammers impersonate celebrities on social media

Building a digital defense against Facebook Messenger frauds

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

Categories: Cyber Security

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