Social Media Awareness

Social Media Awareness

The Montgomery Police Department wants its residents to know about social media risks. Social media allows people to connect and share information with family and friends. Users of social media, however, should be aware of the following risks:

  • Things can spread quickly on the internet. ANYONE can copy, save, or pass along what you post, including things you meant for only certain people to see.
  • Some people harass, threaten, or make fun of others. Using a screen name can make people feel as though they are anonymous online. This can make it easier for that person to say things they usually would not say in person.
  • Sharing too much information can be risky! Millions of people--including dangerous people--worldwide can see what you post online. You cannot trust that everyone will act in your best interest.

Here are a few general guidelines to keep in mind when you're online:

  • Limit the personal information you post or share on any site.
  • Limit the number of people you interact with on these sites.
  • Keep your interactions private. If you post photos or videos, take steps to protect them.
  • Never post updates indicating where you are at the present moment. Criminals love this.
  • Go over the privacy settings for each social media site you use.
  • Treat others the same way you would want to be treated.

REMEMBER: Just because you post something on social media does NOT mean your local police department will see/read it. If you have a police question or have information about a police matter, contact your local police department.