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The following excerpt if from Emily Robert's book Express Yourself. Social media is at the tip of your finger, but do you know your rights online?

Know Your Rights Online

The following excerpt is from Emily Robert’s Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up and Being Who You Are. Snap, hashtag, post, like, share, ask, gram–you know the drill. All of these fun and exciting ways to connect on social media make it almost impossible to put your phone down. When your gadget is controlling you, you are not in control. But approaching your phone or keyboard with assertiveness requires you to do one thing your mind is not always good at: pressing the pause button.

Being behind a screen gives people a sense of power while blinding them to the effects of their mean comments or of their desire for attention. How do tap into your assertive mindset when your fingers are doing the talking? Well, in order to figure it out, you need to pause and know your rights on social media and online with these quick tips and tricks.

Your Rights Online

Even though it sometimes doesn’t feel like it, you have have your rights online. These are the things you are allowed to do and say. Before you get online, remember these rights.

  • You have the right to create, share, and express yourself online.
  • You have the right to keep passwords and personal information private.
  • You have the right to respond to messages online and through your phone when it’s convenient for you.
  • You have the right to make friends online, but you don’t have to meet them in person.
  • You have the right to unfriend, delete, and block people on social media.
  • You have the right to refuse a friend request if you don’t know the person or don’t want to be friends with him or her online.
  • You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect online–you can, and should, report users who do not treat you this way.
  • You have the right to keep your personal information private–you don’t have to share your journal, address, or pictures you don’t want to go viral.
  • You have the privilege of using technology. But it can be taken away if it’s not used respectfully.

For more tips and tricks, read Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Speaking Up and Being Who You Are.

 

The following excerpt if from Emily Robert's book Express Yourself. Social media is at the tip of your finger, but do you know your rights online?

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is The Guidance Girl. Her goal is to help YOU become the most confident person you know! Emily is an award-winning author Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, Educational Speaker, and parenting consultant. She travels around the country educating girls, women, and parents. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

About Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts LPC is a Psychotherapist, Parenting Consultant, Educational Speaker and Published Author. Her Book Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are was released in Spring 2015 by New Harbinger Publications. The Guidance Girl is a concept created by Emily as an innovative, powerful approach to help you achieve goals and feel your best by redefining traditional therapy for the girls and women of today.

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Do you want to get rid of your insecurities and feel confident in the skin you're in? Who doesn't?! Enter your email now and get a bonus chapter from my book Express Yourself, plus weekly confidence boosters and early access to upcoming projects and events!