5 Social Media Reminders for Young Athletes
Social media has the ability to connect anyone and everyone immediately. It’s fun to be able to share all of your activities with your friends but there are some things that should never be posted.
Here are five social media reminders for young players.
1. Adjust your privacy settings
It’s typically safer to have you any kind of social media profile set to private. However, even if you make your site private there are still ways to see posts before your account was made private.
Remember that once it’s out there, it’s out there. No matter how quickly you delete a post, there’s always a chance that someone took a picture of it and has it saved forever.
2. Set your audience
Only add people you know & trust. You don’t want people commenting inappropriate things on your posts. And also only post things that are appropriate based on who can see it.
If you don’t think it’s appropriate, it’s probably smarter to just not post it.
3. Don’t post abusive language or content
Anything that can be offensive to anyone should not be posted. It’s as simple as that.
4. Think about how you are portraying yourself
Your posts are how you will be perceived. People often look to your social media to get a good glimpse of your personality and who you are and what you pride yourself on.
Make sure you’re posting things you want to be known for. Your image is also a part of your team’s image. Make them proud, not embarrassed.
5. Think about who will see the post
Before posting anything ask yourself if your mom, dad, little sister/brother, coach would approve of this post. If the answer is probably not, don’t post!
Even if it’s questionable, just don’t post it. Choose the safer option and you’ll thank yourself down the road.
In regards to social media, my main rule is to just really think before you post.
Who do you want people to think of you as? What is the purpose of this post? Will this shed a positive or negative light on me and the people I associate myself with?
Your posts not only affect you, but those you surround yourself with such as your family, friends, and teammates so you have to take that into consideration as well. Before you post remember to ask yourself what are you sharing and why?
If you cannot come up with a good reason to both of those questions, you’re probably better of not posting anything.