UNH Social Media Guidelines
Social Media General Guidelines
These guidelines are designed to help UNH employees who create or contribute to University-related electronic social media to do so in a respectful, professional, relevant way to protect the University’s reputation and mission. We recognize the value in this new medium and encourage participation by UNH units as long as it falls within their communication needs and goals.
- Recognize that everything you contribute to, or receive, on a social media site is in the public realm. You are responsible for whatever information you post.
- Every UNH employee has a basic responsibility to safeguard and preserve the assets and resources of UNH and its component institutions and to conduct work duties in an ethical and professional manner. See the University System of New Hampshire Standard of Conduct and Personnel Policies.
- The same professional standards expected of you on the job should be applied to your conduct in UNH-related social media matters.
- Post meaningful, respectful comments that are relevant to your position at UNH. So, please—no spam, or remarks that are off-topic or offensive.
- Use commonsense and courtesy in creating University-related social media content. If you have even the slightest doubt, ask your supervisor if the content you want to post is appropriate—BEFORE you post it!
- Stick to your area of expertise when posting.
- If the public shares an opinion that you disagree with on a UNH-related social media site or issue, keep your response appropriate, professional, and polite. Sometimes, it is best to not respond at all.
- Be aware that social media sites’ terms of service and privacy policies can change, without notice. In general, social media sites are privately owned and operated
- Please, never comment on anything related to legal matters or pending litigation.
—Jim Graham, University Communciations and Marketing, UNH Web Team
Social Media Risks and Best Practices
Social media is everywhere. It keeps you in touch with your best friends, and it can be your worst enemy when not used safely. Take an active role in protecting your privacy; read on to learn how.
Some friends are not
for ever: What you thought was a
playful comment when you posted it can quickly be turned against you, if one of
your on-line friends stops being your friend. Be thoughtful about the
comments and photos you publish -they are forever. What you post on one social
media site could show up in other site or accounts without any action or
control on your part. Never post anything you would not want to see on the
front page of a newspaper or online news site, and learn about the security
features of the social media you are using.
Protect your credentials: Social media providers and sites differ in how well they protect your password and other sensitive information. If you use the same password for all services, a hacker can guess it on the least protected system, and can then access your other accounts. Use different passwords, use strong password and protect them. See the Safe Password sidebar to learn how.
Look out for identity theft: The internet allows for people to create false identities, fake accounts, and misrepresent other individuals’ thoughts and opinions. People can pretend to be someone else (even you!) and solicit information or communicate with others. Be sure you know with whom you are communicating on the Internet. Verify their identity if you are not sure. Call them or ask them in person to confirm.
Not all web links are safe: Information published on social media sites is not vetted or verified. You can never be sure published links and attachments are legitimate or safe. There are situations where a friend may post something they are not aware is malicious. Do not click on links or open attachments that you cannot verify as being legitimate and safe.
Don’t find yourself alone: Many free social media services are limited in what they can and what they will do for you if your account is hacked or abused in any way. While the service provider may be willing to shut down your account to prevent further damage, by doing so, they also prevent you from investigating and retrieve your legitimate information. This is not a strong deterrent for further criminal activity on the part of the alleged perpetrator. Choose social media services that are known to be helpful in such situations, and guard your passwords and other personally identifiable information against everyone.
Protect your personal safety: Criminals use social media sites to determine when someone is home (or not). Avoid posting details about your location, as this creates risks for your personal safety.
Recognize if your Social Media account was hacked and take action: Hacked or defrauded accounts typically post links or information you did not create, or show login sessions and other activity you cannot explain. If you think your personal social media account was hacked, call the social media’s customer support line immediately. Change your passwords on all your other internet-based accounts as well. If you think any UNH-related social media account has been hacked, just as with any security breach, contact the UNH IT Service Desk at 603-862-4242 immediately, and also contact the service provider immediately. Change all your UNH passwords immediately as well.
—by Petr Brym and Martin England, UNH IT
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