The LHSAA is new to the social media scene. Our new Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Blog accounts are a great way to stay updated on what's going on with the organization and member schools throughout the state.
The new sites are also a convenient way to communicate with all high school athletes and voice your opinion on hot topics and conversations!
Although we are new to social media, I am already seeing and hearing a lot of interesting things. Phrases like "Facebook me" and "Tweet pic" are just two of the many things I've learned from the youngsters using the sites. Social media is a great way to stay in touch with family members, teammates, and even old and new friends, but what some kids don't realize is that once something is posted onto the internet, it's there forever!
Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and all of the other exciting social websites can be a lot of fun and have become the new way of socializing. However, it is very important that we understand how permanent this way of communicating can be. Once you write on someone's wall or tag a picture of yourself, it will always exist even if you delete it from view.
Let's think of the internet as a big chalk board. Imagine writing down everything you think about in a day, a week, or even a year! You might write about how great you played in a championship game or maybe about your new crush in math class. Once you write or post something on the board, even if you erase it, there is still a faint copy of what was once there. Social media sites are exactly like this chalk board.
Using caution when posting your thoughts and pictures on to social media sites is very important, but you should also familiarize yourself with the different privacy settings. Familiarizing yourself with the privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter, and the other social networking sites will allow you to protect yourself and your account from being exposed to the public. Remember to never post any personal information online such as your telephone number, address, or full birthday.
Social media sites can be a lot of fun and make staying connected very simple, but it's very easy to misuse them. Remember to use caution when posting information on the internet because just like your thoughts on the chalkboard, once it's on the internet, it can never be erased.
We would love to hear your thoughts, so don't forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/lhsaabeyondthegame and www.twitter.com/LHSAA
Kenny Henderson is the Executive Director of the LHSAA.