Social Media…Will It Make You Or Break You?

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By: Jamarria Pyatt

Students and adults should always be aware of what they put on social media. What a person puts on social media could make them or break them. Everything a person does now will determine their future, a future such as college and employment. Most jobs, when a person applies, will make that person aware of the fact that the company will do a social media check on the them. From the first time a person creates a social media account, they create a digital footprint. Everything they post attaches to that digital footprint. Even if it is deleted is always available, it is there in cyberspace forever. A digital citizenship is when a person protects their reputation on social media.

A person is  not protecting their digital citizenship if they cyberbully someone.  Cyberbullying is a big problem in the digital world. According to Horry County Schools, “Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor.” Horry County School District always strives to properly educate its students on how to be a positive digital citizen.

Students are not the only ones who need to be concerned with their digital footprint, according to Careerbuilder.com, employers check a person’s social media sites to see if a job candidate has discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, if a job candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs,and if a job candidate has posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information.

There is a lesson to be learned here; a person needs to always be aware of what they are posting on social media because it will never go away.

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