Get to know the help center. Explore the help and safety centers on any social media site or app you’re using. That way if something goes wrong for you or a friend, you will already be empowered with the information you need to get help.
Facebook: Help Center | Safety Center
Twitter: Help Center | Safety Center
Control your online space. Remember that you have options when it comes to who can see what on your profile, such as your posts or tweets. Take charge of your online presence and find out more about Facebook privacy and security settings and controlling your experience on Twitter.
FACEBOOK PRO TIP
Do a monthly privacy check. It’s a good idea to check your privacy settings once in awhile to make sure your information is only shared with the people you want it to be able to see it. Since that might change over time, you might have shared something a few months ago that you’d prefer to share with a smaller group of people now.Practice good “password hygiene.” This basically means adopting a few good habits to keep your password safe. Here are our favorite pro tips:
- Never share your password with anyone.
- Choose long passwords that would be hard to guess. Include a variety of letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Use a different password for every account. There are apps that can help you generate strong passwords and keep track of them all.
- Enable two-step verification for your account on both Facebook and Twitter.
Protect yourself from abuse. Remember, you have the option to unfriend, unfollow, mute or block people who harass you online. Find out more about how to report abuse on Facebook and Twitter.
Report. If someone is threatening to share your private images without your permission, our safety teams are here to help. You can report sextortion here on Facebook and here on Twitter.
TWITTER PRO TIP
The form we’ve linked to here is intended for those who were minors when the reported images were taken. If you’re an adult, you may report non-consensual nudity here.
Help your friends report. These situations can be quite stressful. Having a friend alongside to help you make a report to us, or who can go with you to talk with an adult, can make it a lot easier.
Remember that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media apps are supposed to be a fun and safe space to connect with your friends. If you ever feel threatened, don’t wait! Talk with a trusted adult.
This content was originally published on Thorne.