How to Navigate Social Media

BY SADAF SALEHZADA


 

Safety guide on social media

Social media can be overwhelming when you first start, and you may not know where to begin. When creating any accounts, it is always best to keep your personal safety in mind. Here are some tips to follow

  • Do not have your full name on your accounts

  • Keep your account privacy settings on

  • Do not respond to any direct messages from people you do not know, or reveal any sensitive information about yourself in messages

  • Not engaging in negative content

 

The magic trick of hashtag

One of the easiest ways to find content on social media is by searching with hashtags. The hashtags: Neurodiverse, Neurodiversity, ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, and Dysparaxia all have thousands of posts across different platforms. If you become overwhelmed and do not know how to sift through these posts, you can start by simply following the hashtags. By doing this, relevant posts will popup on your feed and you can choose any accounts to follow.

Though many of these accounts post about their experiences with neurodiversity, keeping in mind that not everyone has the same views is important. This may mean that you come across people who have the exact same ideas as yourself, or those with completely different ideas. This is completely okay and does not mean you have to change how you feel.

 

Finding the right account

Some things to look for when following an account are:

  1. If they use inclusive language

  2. If they use a claim, they cite their sources somewhere in their post

  3. Especially for larger accounts, they maintain space with their audience

  4. They are kind and use appropriate terms


Though social media is a great space to find people to connect with, it is always important to remain cautious and vigilant in terms of your personal safety, as well as not believing everything that is posted.


After spending some time on social media you may also want to create your own account to speak about your experiences, this can be great with finding your own circle as well as just finding a new hobby!