While social media can offer ways for students to connect and get to know others, it can also be a source of stress and anxiety. These resources can assist you in learning how to protect your information and report concerns if you choose to engage in social media platforms. One of the most important things to remember about sharing any images, information, or comments through social media is that once you send or post it, it may be archived or others can screenshot it and may utilize in another setting. This includes unofficial group chats, dating sites, and other social media applications. Engaging in social media applications that allow for anonymous posts, accepting invitations to connect from people outside your friends/family, or allowing your accounts to be accessible to the public can also invite comments or posts that you did not welcome or invite. Rumors, mean comments, and other inappropriate communications may be outside the scope of Title IX or NSU's policies (and in some case may be legally permitted forms of expression) but may still violate the user guidelines for a particular site.
Below are some links to the help centers and terms of service for some of the more well known social media sites so you can learn about what is expected of you as a user and about your options for reporting misuse directed towards you. In addition to blocking someone from communicating with you or ceasing to engage in a particular application, you may also want to report the user's communication to the appropriate officials who oversee the application.
When a law has been broken, there may be options for recourse available. However, not every mean comment posted online rises to the level of a violation of the law. Understanding where these boundaries are can help students learn about the options that may be available to them outside of the university's policies and procedures.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) provides links to several guides for those considering speaking out publicly about their own experiences with sexual violence.