Social Network Locked

Know Your Online Presence and Safeguard Your Privacy

  1. Google Yourself!  Searching for yourself on Google is one of the easiest ways to find out what information is available about you on the internet.

  2. Check your privacy settings on your social networks regularly. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn change their privacy policies from time to time. Ensure your privacy level is set to prevent those who you are not connected to on your Social Networks from accessing your personal information. The following links will lead you to the privacy help pages of popular social networks:

  3. Anything posted on Twitter is public, unless you protect your Tweets.  This requires you to approve all of the users who can see each individual Tweet.  More information on protecting your Tweets can be found at the Twitter page About Public and Protected Tweets.

  4. Once something has been posted on the Internet, it is there forever.  Be safe about what you are posting, and double check everything prior to making a post.  Do not post anything you would not want your current or future employer to see.

  5. If someone has violated your privacy or made threatening statements, know what resources are available to you.  Online harassment is known as Cyber Bullying, and is unacceptable. Furthermore, it is against Teachers College's policy, and is also against NY State law. Social networks also have a method for reporting incidents.

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