AAFC Social Media Guide

• Everyone knows that the internet is a
great source of information for a wide
range of topics and social networks
are widely used across the AAFC as a
means of communication.
• It is important to familiarise yourself
with social media safety so you don’t
leave yourself open to possible
repercussions on a personal and/or
cadet level.
Principles to live by
• Cadets and staff are reminded that
any information placed on social
networking sites is instantly public
information and can be used by
anyone without their permission or
Who should have access to
your personal sites?
• Do I know this person and am I happy
that they will have access to my
personal information?
• Will this person respect the personal
information I post and keep it private?
• Would I be happy for the media to
access and publish my private
information and imagery?
Did you know…
• that information published to the
internet may be cached on servers
and publicly available notwithstanding
subsequent deletions or cancellation
of social networking accounts?
Protect your privacy
• Use strong, unique passwords
• Never click suspicious links – even if
they appear to be from your friends
• Watch out for phishing emails
• Think about the amount of personal
information you share online
• Think before you post
• Be wary of strangers
• Check the sites' privacy policies
Cyber Bullying
• Did you know that the same rules
apply online as in the ‘real world’ about
how to treat other people? No-one has
the right to bully another person. At its
most serious, cyberbullying is a
criminal offence and can be
investigated by the police.
• If you see or know about cyberbullying
happening to a friend, support them
and report the bullying.
Cyber Bullying
• Don’t forward on messages or pictures
that may hurt or be upsetting to
someone. Even though you may not
have started it, you will be seen to be
part of the cyberbullying cycle.
• Remember to treat others as you
would like to be treated when
communicating online.
How to use protection
• Positively identify your friends’
requests before accepting
• Be aware of who you’re talking to and
what they’re asking
• Google yourself to see what you can
do to decrease your internet profile
• Lock your photo albums
• Check what your friends are posting
about you
How to use protection
• Think before you post. Who are you
sharing the information with and how
will it affect your reputation? Once it is
live, it can’t be retracted and will
remain on file even if deleted.
• If you need to complain about AAFC,
school or home, is Facebook the place
to do it?
Try to avoid
• Posting photos or information
regarding Cadet activities etc
• Post information on your future
intentions in regard to travel, holidays,
social activities.
• Joining online political groups or
expressing political beliefs
Do Not
• Do not ‘Friend Request’ Staff as it
compromises Staff ethical behaviour
• Do not talk shop about the AAFC
• Information that you post on the
internet may help identify your
personal/work vulnerabilities which
certain groups may use to take
advantage of you and your friends or
• By being aware of the dangers and
following simple guides you can
reduce the risk of getting into trouble.