The Problem With Social Networking…

Posted: March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

By Hanna Munin

What is a topic that is on everyone’s mind nearly all the time? Social networking. Whether it is who posted what on Twitter, what couple became official on Facebook, or who posted a photo on that person’s Tumbler, social networking is something that nearly every teen has and is checking up on just about all the time. While there are benefits to social networking sites, there are also several downfalls especially when it comes to healthy relationships.
    In an abusive relationship, a batterer will try to isolate and control their partner as much as they can. These behaviors are not limited to the internet. By making status updates about where you are, how you feel, and checking into locations, a person in an abusive relationship is putting themselves at risk of receiving a confrontation from their partner. While it is not something we want to hear, we have to be careful about what we put on the internet when it comes to our safety. If you are in an abusive relationship or if you are just getting out of an abusive relationship, social networking sites is an aspect you have to take into consideration.
    Here are some quick tips about how to stay safe in social networking sites. Check your privacy settings. Make sure that only certain people can view your information. If you don’t want to unfriend someone on Facebook, you can still block them from seeing your photos, your check-ins ,or your statuses. By doing this, you put yourself in a safer situation by putting yourself in control of the situation. If you receive a threatening message or comment from someone on a social networking site, print it out. You can use it as evidence of an abusive situation or bullying. Also, look carefully at the photos you upload on social networking sites. While it’s tempting to show off how much fun you and your best friend had at the beach, it is not always the best idea to post pictures of yourself in a bathing suit or in any sort of revealing matter so that it won’t be used in a way you don’t want it to be later. Lastly, don’t check-in to where you are. If you are in an abusive relationship, check-ins are a way that your partner can check up on you and doing this can come back to haunt you. Make sure that when you are out with friends, they don’t do a Facebook “check-in” and tag you at a certain location. A batterer could show up there at any moment and try to take control of the situation, which isn’t a desirable thing to happen at girl’s night out. Remember: safety is always the top priority. Before making a decision on a social networking site, think about if what you are about to do puts you in a safer or in a riskier situation. By being safe, you will be able to live your life without having to worry and be able to enjoy life.

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