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What Really Happens On Instagram: Stay Safe On Social Media

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An American Proverb suggests that “it’s better to be safe then sorry, ” yet it’s easy to put our guard down and forget.

To put our information online, to go for a run without second guessing, and to go out on a date with someone we haven’t met yet.

And while it’s the way of the world today, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own experiences along with the recent experiences of other bloggers. And I felt it necessary to post, as I believe that everyone, including myself, needs to be reminded at some point or another.

It’s easy to get caught up and trust others too much, so I just wanted to use this time a.) to remind you to ease on the side of caution b.) give you tips on how to stay safe in real life and on social media.

So you are going to laugh, but growing up, one of my favorite shows was “How to Catch a Predator” on Dateline NBC. There was just something enticing about it… seeing all these guys who developed an online relationship with teens going to see them… and getting CAUGHT! It really was a great show that reminded us of what could go wrong, yet for some reason or another, it’s no longer on.

I honestly miss it, and definitely believe it should be on with all the social media and dating platforms today. From Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tinder, etc. there are many people connecting with one another which is great.

But at the same time, it’s hard as how many of the people whom you meet online are safe?

So just a question and a reminder before I get into my post today… If it helps one of my followers to stay safe, then I did my part in my blog today.

5 Tips to Stay Safe

#1: Are You a Blogger->Domain Privacy Protection

When you create your blog, pay the extra fee for domain privacy protection. This keeps your personal information, such as your address hidden from public record. I recently created another page through BLUEHOST, and it cost me $12/year. Well worth the expense if you ask me!

#2: Location Feature

I often see girls posting EXACTLY where they are on their Insta-story. And I find that mind-boggling. I would highly recommend not using the location feature on your stories (unless taped before), as anyone can come and find you.

#3: Meeting Someone… Go With a Friend

If you decide to meet up with someone, it’s important to go with someone OR tell someone before you are going. At least for the first few times, this method may sound crazy, but it’s well worth being safe!

#4: Research

I was contacted by someone who was pretending to be a Dr.Mike via DM… Let’s just say he wasn’t the real thing. And that brings me to the next point… you need to research when you get a DM.

For people like Dr.Mike, there are several sources that link to the correct and authorized Instagram page. Just be careful and use common sense whenever you get contacted via DM.

P.S. How Scary Is This?

#5: Download an App

There are so many different apps that you can use to stay safe. Here are several of them to check out… it’s best to be safe.

Apps: http://stylecaster.com/personal-safety-app/

So this list may seem a little crazy, as who would expect it to be them? But in a world where:

1 out of 5 American women are raped in their lifetimes.

(Source: http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/publications_nsvrc_factsheet_media-packet_statistics-about-sexual-violence_0.pdf)

A woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds.

(Source: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/FEMVIED.PDF)

And 19.3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked.

(Source: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf)

Call me crazy, but I’d rather us be safe then sorry.

What are your thoughts?

With Love Always,

Michele

P.S. Would Love To Connect!

Originally published at www.afitandfabulousmichele.com

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