Non-stop access to the Web has remarkably changed the way we interact with the world. People are now connecting to the masses at a younger age than years prior. Access to universal knowledge allows people to creatively express themselves on a variety of social platforms from anywhere and to anyone. With the Internet and social media so intertwined in our daily lives, it’s essential to always practice Internet safety when engaging online.
Hear from Content Creator Shaezilla as she explores best practices for Internet safety, then follow these safety tips and guidelines for YouTube Creators to stay safe and continue creating what they love.
The Internet is Forever
Everything posted online can be seen by anyone and is there forever. Even if you delete it, someone may have already saved or made a copy of your post. It is crucial to always keep this in mind when creating content and posting.
YouTube likes to remind users of The Grandma Rule; “When posting content, would you be comfortable with your grandmother, parents, employer, etc. seeing what you post?” If not, don’t post it because it will be there forever for anyone to see. YouTube has a general list of guidelines for Creators to refer back to if they are unsure of the content they plan to post.
While Creators need to respect people’s opinions and critiques for YouTube to be a diverse and creative platform, there are instances when people cross the line and serious issues must be addressed. Creators should never feel threatened or unsafe in the space they use to express themselves. YouTube believes in the safe space they provide and have installed measures to ensure its security. Users can report harassment through YouTube’s reporting tool.
Examples of harassment may include:
- Abusive videos, comments, messages
- Revealing someone’s personal information
- Incitement to harass other users or Creators
- Deliberately posting content to humiliate someone
- Maliciously recording someone without their consent
- Making hurtful and negative comments/videos about another person
- Unwanted sexualization, which encompasses sexual harassment or sexual bullying in any form
While online harassment can be scary and very serious, Internet Trolls are usually harmless attention seekers looking to get a reaction out of their victims. While incredibly annoying, it’s best practice to just ignore them. When dealing with any form of online harassment, it’s important to not stoop to their level or feed into their games. It could backfire and in some cases compromise the Creator’s’ reputation. Remember everything said online, even in the heat of the moment, is there forever.
Creators who follow these guidelines and practices for Internet safety will stay safe and continue to create content. All of this information and more can be found on YouTube Help.
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