Remember when social media came in “chat rooms,” and kids were advised not to share their real names with online strangers? Picture today’s middle school student trying to grasp that concept.
Although online threats are most likely to come as con artists and propaganda propagators, it’s still wise for young Internet surfers (and their parents) to avoid exposing person or property to unnecessary danger.
Also, don’t throw personal insults at anyone via the social network. While it’s unlikely anyone will come around in the flesh to make you take it back, giving someone a piece of your mind is never worth the immediate rush of gratification.
(When you do comment on someone else’s thread, try to add something more useful to the discussion than a generic “Great idea!” compliment.)
When originating threads yourself, do what you can to initiate productive, positive discussions.