If you're anything like Hillary and Jackie, Derek and Brett, then a teenage social network is an important part of your day. In fact, it's safe to bet you spend the good part of each night updating your teenage social network profile and reading the profiles of your friends and schoolmates. So what does your profile say about you? Are you presenting the best possible image? Are you being truthful? Are you using your teenage social network responsibly?
Your online profile is your social resume. It is meant to enhance your teenage social network image; it is a place designed for you to spread good news and let your friends know who you are. It is not a blank slate on which to bash boyfriends, gossip or spread rumors, or brag about your latest accomplishments. As in all things you do in life, your teenage social network profile is a window to your soul and your character. Be absolutely certain you are making the right impression online.
But that big empty space is so inviting, isn't it? Wouldn't it be great if you could let everyone in the free world know what a jerk Scott was when he broke up with you or how much your mother annoys you today? You'll just jot a little line on your profile and pass it on. Wrong.
Follow the following profile Dos and Don'ts, and you'll eliminate teenage social network pitfalls.
Don't use foul or provocative language.
Certain words might feel perfect when you're feeling angry or adventurous, but be aware of the negative message they send out about you. You don't want someone to get the wrong idea. Although you may be angry at the moment you update a teenage social network, what about tomorrow? It's hard to take back harsh words once they're in black and white. (Not to mention, it is against the rules to curse online!)
Do include your special interests, hobbies, and talents in your profile.
There is no need to brag, but it's perfectly all right to let your readers know you are the regional tap dance champion or the recipient of a science award.
Do spruce up your profile with interesting fonts, colors, and graphics.
You can find icons and illustrations on many graphic programs. Import this art on to your profile to add some color to your life!
Don't use your teenage social network profile space as a slam book.
This is a rude and cruel place to spread rumors, insult people, or tell someone off. If you have nothing nice to say on your profile, say nothing at all. If you feel the need to tell someone how you feel negatively, then use the telephone or say it in person. The written word is very powerful and often unforgiving.
Don't use your teenage social network profile as an open love letter to your latest heartthrob.
First of all, you don't need everyone else reading it. Next, most boys are, by nature, shy about matters of the heart. It may not be the wisest plan to circulate your feelings to the entire eighth grade.
Don't make a list of all your best friends.
Undoubtedly you will leave someone out or hurt someone within your teenage social network's feelings. If you want to include an inside joke or two, that's okay as long as it is in good taste and doesn't insult anyone.
Do add interesting quotes from songs, books, or movies that represent your mood or beliefs.
Try to keep your teenage social network profile upbeat and positive.
Don't include your telephone number or your address!
Your profile may end up in the wrong hands. Strangers should never have this information. Your telephone number or address should never be on a teenage social network.
Do use your teenage social network profile space to educate your friends about a community service, charity, or local event that you're participating in.
There is nothing more powerful than the written word. Take advantage of your online profile and put your best FONT forward!