Spring break is coming and many will be travelling. You’ve had the discussion with friends and family about whether you will publicly acknowledge your holiday plans before you head out of town, while away or will you wait until your arrival home before your post about your holiday. This is something to consider not only in March but anytime you are away from your home.
You’ve decided as a family and with those you are travelling with that you will not publicly post about your holiday ~ we like that decision….wait until you get home. However, without even thinking about it you arrive at your location and the first thing you do is grab your phone and check-in to your hotel. Hmmm, have you ever stopped to think about what you are actually doing when you do that?
First off, most of us who would be checking-in are adults and doing it on Facebook. In doing so, an alert was sent to all your Facebook friends that you just checked-in at #SociallySafe Resort in Mexico…..so much for keeping it quiet about your holiday plans. We often do this without even giving it a second thought, or without realizing what information you just made public.
We encourage you before checking-in to really take time to think about what information you are publicly putting out for all to see, especially if you have not set your privacy settings and your accounts are public. Take time to do some research and understand what happens on each of the platforms before checking-in.
Not only can you check in on Facebook, but the majority of the social platforms allow you to check-in or tag your location in a post. So what happens when our kids check-in on Instagram, a popular app with the tweens/teens. If they have checked-in to a location below their user name in blue it will be the location of where they are.
What happens next? (For privacy we have blocked user name & faces of people in images)
Step 1~ click on the blue and a map will pop up to that location
Step 2 ~ click on the map and you will have the option to open in maps or cancel
Step 3 ~ if you decide to open in maps you get a very specific map to your location
So before checking into locations even the local coffee shop, really encourage your loved ones to understand how checking in works on the different platforms and what personal information you are putting out for all to see. Similar situation happens on Twitter if you add your location to your tweet or check – a map to your location is provided.
Not only do we encourage you to turn your location settings off in your photos so a map is not embedded into the photo when shared on social platforms, we encourage you take a minute and #THINK before you check-in. As always we encourage you to be #SociallySafe.
About Socially Safe
Stacy Maynard & Kerry Hills are moms with successful social media businesses. We have a passion for helping children understand how to use social media safely. We have joined together to implement into classrooms and the community our Socially Safe, Socially Fun, Social Media programs. We are Moms of kids between the ages of 8 to 15, so we understand the need to help our kids stay safe and create a positive digital footprint. Social Media is not going away and we are passionate about teaching our kids how to use it, have fun and stay Socially Safe.