The potential dangers associated with misusing social media have been well documented and publicized. Potential online threats - to your reputation, your finances, your safety, and your well-being - are real. In addition to online bullying problems most often associated with middle and high schools, dangers can include phishing scams used to steal your money and destroy your credit, jeopardizing your college and career prospects, mental health issues, identity theft, and even burglaries of unoccupied homes. This page includes cautionary tales about social media and advice for protecting yourself online. Here are some articles to get you started:
Facebook: addresses hacking, abuse, impostor accounts, harassment, spam, and intellectual property violations.
Twitter: addresses account security, phishing, and 3rd-party software.
YouTube: includes a section addressing privacy, objectionable content, and threats of personal harm.
Instagram: includes help hacked and hate accounts, child abuse and health issues such as self-harm and anorexia.
Pinterest: instructions for hiding accounts from unwanted viewers and search engines, and how to disable automatic posting to other sites such as Facebook.
Tumblr: has community guidelines but removes harmful content only after a report and determination of violations.
Check out Dickinson's Information Security page, which offers advice on how to protect yourself from phishing, spam, identity theft, and more. It also provides links to anti-virus software, and explains how to secure your mobile devices.
You may also want to take these preventative measures as recommended by the FBI's document on Social Networking: