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Social Media Friends and Online Safety

Social Media “Friends”

With social media, peer pressure, and the pressure to have hundreds of “friends” and followers, it’s easy to forget what true friendship is. Social media uses the word “friend” in a totally different way – the word ‘friend’ on social media doesn’t always refer to someone you know well, trust, respect, share with, and support. On social media you might be ‘friends’ with people you have never met face to face, people that you never talk to, and even people who might be lying about who they really are.

This is why it is important to be safe online – you don’t always know who the person behind the profile really is.

The best way to determine who your real friends are is to remember that friends are the people you like, respect, care for, have fun with, share things with, and support, and who DO THE VERY SAME FOR YOU.

You don’t have to have lots of friends. The most important thing is to have genuine friends.  You might want to check out our information on cyber bullying for more information on how social media can be used in harmful ways.

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