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“What if I share a wrong picture, do I have to go to jail?”

That was the phrase I heard the most, when I started working with social media and people with developmental disabilities

Social media is not an easy ride for everyone.



Especially when it comes to sharing text, video, and images on the internet and especially on social media, our audience struggle to assess, if they are doing the right thing.

When I started working with social media for people with developmental disabilities, the phrase I heard the most was: “What if I share something that is wrong, and I have to go to jail for it?”

It was back in the winter of 2018, when the death video from Morocco made headlines and a number of fines and prison sentences were handed out. During the same period, a number of cases with sex videos were shared worldwide as a wildfire, and the fraud cases against people with developmental disabilities was growing.

Back in 2018 that meant - and it still means - that everyone knows a story about someone who had an unpleasant and unfortunate experiences on the internet and especially on social media.

There are so many rules about what you are allowed to share on social media and what you are not, and it can be difficult to know if you are sharing something you are not allowed to. The rules are not even the same in all countries. Therefore, it can be difficult to behave properly, and it all boils down to the fact, that YOU should feel safe online.

The same rules online as offline

The norms and rules that we live by in the physical world, are the same that we apply in the digital reality, and they are just as important to learn, know and remember as traffic regulations, queue culture and good table manners.

The better safe than sorry list

 

Feel free to share text, video or pictures of:

  • your face
  • yourself with clothes on
  • yourself in your swimsuit
  • your experiences (e.g., from trips and holidays you are on)
  • your pets
  • your things (but never share your address. Thieves can easily find you!)
  • food and drinks
  • flowers and nature
  • public places (e.g., from the Zoo, a museum, a park, lookout points, etc.)
  • your family and friends, but you have to ask them for permission, before sharing a photo of them.

 

Share text, video and pictures that:

  • tell a story about you and your life, that you want the world to see
  • is showing something, you want to tell the world

If you are ever in doubt whether to share an image on the internet, don’t do it. Your doubts are often a great guideline for knowing whether or not to share.


Always look at what you want to share and think about: is anybody going to be sad to see that picture of themselves? If yes, don’t share.

 

Do NOT share text, video or pictures of:

  • you or others without any clothes on
  • other people who have not agreed to you sharing their picture (this is called “consent”, and it means that they are ok with you sharing pictures, video and text, showing or mentioning them)
  • portrait photos of others (from a yearbook or similar)
  • other people’s misfortune, sorrow, grief, or accident
  • violence
  • sex and porn
  • animal cruelty
  • religious acts (e.g., people who pray)

 

A good rule to remember

Would you say, write or show it to your grandmother? If not, you probably shouldn’t share it online either.

 

We have built a Guardian support feature in the »We are Friends« App

It means that you, as a guardian, can support, help and overlook that everything is ok when your child is a member of the community.

The guardian account can be done in the registration or added later on, the options is always available.

 

Safety matters

In fact, our member’s safety is our highest priority. Adding a guardian is not the only way we protect our members; we have several layers of safety around our members as you can see here.

The »We are Friends« App is built as a safe and secure place to be. We know that the scammers are out there, we know they see our audience as an easy target and we do everything we can to keep them away from our community. Continuously, we built our safety net stronger and stronger.

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