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Advice for Teens: Managing Social Media

There are dozens of social media and messaging apps out there, and you may use multiple accounts to chat with your friends, watch videos, and keep up with the latest trends. But it’s also important for you to make sure you keep your social media accounts — and the content you share on them — protected. Here are four tips to help you ensure your social media remains a fun experience.

  • The easiest step you can take is adding a password, fingerprint, or Face ID protection to your phone to keep other people from accessing your apps. This includes both friends or siblings, who may want to pull a prank on you, as well as strangers if you leave your phone out or lose it. 
  • One of the best — and worst — things about social media is how easy it is to share content. Take a quick video at a concert and want to share it with your friends? No problem. But that also means that sometimes we might post something before thinking through if it could hurt someone’s feelings. Maybe a friend looks really bad in a picture, or maybe you make a joke that could easily be misinterpreted. So it’s always a good idea to slow down a bit and double-check your post before clicking “send.”
  • Privacy settings vary a lot between apps but it’s a good idea to check them out and make sure you’re okay with the settings. Can anyone on the internet see your posts? Maybe you want to limit that just to friends.