We spoke with JustSociale Board Member and transgender advocate Melissa Griffiths about how to get the most out of the Internet and social media. This is what she had to say:
What’s your social media mantra?
Be brave, post it, share it and do with dignity. Use and engage with social media but don’t let it rule your life.
How do you achieve tech-life balance?
Ensure you schedule in some down-time in your week. Make sure you take a day off or limit your tech time i.e. sit outside in the sun without your phone for an hour or so… Nothing is that urgent. Take time out to watch your favourite movie or sport.
What are your greatest concerns about the Internet & social media?
My greatest concern is that it is creeping into all areas of our lives. You feel like Google knows where you are all the time – even if you turn your phone off. There doesn’t seem to be the same boundaries we used to have… People hiding behind fake identities on social media to attack you or harass you in an untoward fashion and manner.
What makes you most excited about the internet and social media?
That it gives you a platform to create new opportunities – both business and personal. It also gives you the platform to share new ideas in a positive way and inform people about different topics such as what is like to be transgender. I can see that if people use the internet and social media properly then it can influence people and create positive change in society, as well as connecting millions of people with each other.
What are your top tips for being a good digital citizen?
Being a good digital citizen involves just being aware of what you post on social media and how it may impact others. It doesn’t mean that you can’t post ideas which may seem controversial; it simply means that you do it in a way that most people will understand and won’t find offensive. It also means researching and writing articles that people can relate to and our meaningful and not just written hate speeches.
I do my best to be a good digital citizen in the way I write my articles and social media posts, though I know some may disagree with my views or not understand/accept people like me in the LGBTIQA+ community.