Staying safe online

13 February 2024

IN MANY companies, there is an expectation that staff will maintain an online presence on behalf of the business, interacting with social media for the company. However, putting yourself ‘out there’ can lead to exposure to trolls, predators, and those who love to find fault.

So how can we ensure workplace safety extends into the online space? Safety Rocks has been thinking about psychological safety online, and what we can all do to safeguard employees. 

Online interactions can easily dent confidence – not just disagreements on social media, but adverts portraying unrealistic visions of what we should wear, look like, or the products we should purchase. AI is adding to this, diminishing our trust that what we see online is even real. 

If you’re worried that your team are being exposed to harmful interactions or images online, it is worth reminding them that they, and not the trolls and abusers, have overall control. They have the power to block individuals, delete comments and change privacy settings. 

It’s also worth reiterating to your team that however social media prompts us to feel, or whatever it leads us to believe, no one is perfect. More importantly, no one has the right to attack or abuse another person online. What seems to one person like a valid comment may crush the confidence of someone else. 

Perhaps the Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins put it best when he said: “My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.”

If you’d like to talk through ways of enabling your team to stay safe online, Safety Rocks can help.

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