Social Media and Your Privacy—Top 10 Things You Need to Know

While the Web makes communications fast, easy, accessible and fun, Arcadia wants you to remember one thing before you jump in: "Swim at your own risk. No lifeguard on duty."

  1. All those idioms your parents and teachers used to say still apply. Choose your friends carefully. Just because everybody else is doing it doesn’t mean you won’t get in trouble. Don't talk to strangers. Not everything you read is true. Do unto others ...
  2. You are responsible for your own privacy. Choose your privacy settings carefully.
  3. Remember that photos and information that you post can be "shared" in other places that you can’t control.
  4. You can monitor the Web for information about yourself by searching for your name or photograph, setting up Google "alerts," etc.
  5. Be aware that employers and others likely will search the Web for mention of you before hiring you.
  6. Be aware that information posted on the Web can contain evidence of wrongdoing or lead to an investigation (such as Michael Phelps' experience).
  7. Arcadia staff members don't systematically monitor individual Facebook and other pages for information about students, but they view pages if they are made aware of or view pages and become aware of inappropriate information/activities. (See the University Regulations and Policies in the Student Handbook for more information about the student Code of Conduct and other policies.)
  8. Arcadia University maintains various social media pages. Pages not maintained by Arcadia may contain inaccurate information. If you have any questions, please check an official Arcadia Web source or contact
  9. More and more people join social media groups each day, and Facebook and others are not just for students. Faculty, grandparents, employers and businesses are joining—by the thousands each day.
  10. Remember that Google (and other search engines) catalogs and finds everything, and information on the Web is relational. Don't assume that making something private means nobody will see it—or link to it.