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Digital Essentials: Social media, privacy, consent & sharing

Social media

Social media can help make learning at ECU easier. Social media platforms allow you to create a network, join and participate in groups to share and consume information with your peers and academics. For example, there may be a social media page or group specific to your area of study or interest. 

You can create ePortfolios to showcase your work as part of your digital footprint. For instance, if you use PebblePad throughout your studies, when you are close to graduation it might be valuable converting that information to your LinkedIn profile. 

Using social media in the right setting can enhance your personal and professional digital identities. Remember, employers do look at your digital presence when considering potential employees. 

Online privacy is the privacy and security level of all your personal information that is published online. It is important to stay in control of your personal information, online digital media, and social media identity to protect your digital reputation. All tagged photos, videos, blog posts, and social media interactions will influence how you are perceived by other people.

Do you have permission to share a photo or video of someone else? 

Before you share anything on social media, it is important that the people in the photo or video are OK with it because you need to consider other people’s personal privacy too. 



  • Make sure you ask before sharing 

If you take a photo or video of someone, ask before you share it publically with other people. Respect their decision if they don’t what it to be posted or shared online. 

  • Take down uploads when someone asks 

If someone asks you to take down something you have posted or upload online, then take it down. Respect your friend’s personal privacy so they will respect yours.  

  • Don’t forward or share something if it’s embarrassing 

If you receive a photo or video that you know would be embarrassing for the person in it or you know they wouldn’t want other people to see it then stop, don’t forward it and tell the original sender to stop forwarding it too.  

  • Don’t be afraid to speak up 

It’s OK not to want an image of yourself to be captured. If you notice someone with a camera about to take a photo with you in it, speak up and let the person know you don’t want your photo taken. 


eSafety Commissioner. (n.d.). Consent and sharing photos.