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Young & e-mature

Young & e-Mature t-shirt. In aid of the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Most of my friends are adamant January is the absolute worst month of the year. A 31 day-month after that half-steam month of December… Too long a month to be hit with after the festive season. The 3rd Monday of January being classed as the most depressing day of the year doesn’t help either.

From my perspective, January is the month of renewal: taking the Christmas decos down, facing a new year that I always envisage will be better than the last. And after a peculiar 2020, we do have reasons to make the most of 2021. So, this year we’re delighted January is welcoming Mauda! A new adaptive fashion brand, from Scotland to the world!

That’s not to say the January blues won’t hit or that we should disregard them. The unprecedented challenges from this pandemic have had a terrible impact on everyone’s lives, but it has been even more impactful on vulnerable groups. Added to that, our younger generations are now more exposed to virtual socialisation than ever before. Being the children of the digital era, they were born tech-savvy and it’s difficult to keep up with what’s happening across the world wide web. That’s why it’s ever more important to promote electronic maturity, ensuring healthy online habits that can protect them from unwanted interactions.

Wrongdoing should obviously be reported, but prevention is always a safer option. That’s our aim with the Young & e-mature campaign. A play on words to promote e-maturity. Being young implies maturity is a work-in-progress, but when you’re born within a digital reality you’re one step ahead in growing that electronic maturity. Being aware is key, so here’s 5 things that you can do to get you started:

1. Keep personal information private

Social media shouldn’t need all your phone numbers, email and physical addresses, full name, etc. Where the information is not mandatory simply don’t add it. You can still have your personal information on your profile, but set it to private.

2. Review your social media privacy settings

You’re in control of who can see your posts or profile. Review your social privacy settings regularly and manage who can see your posts and interact with you on social media. You may be young, but you’re also e-mature.

3. Friends and followers

Although accepting friends and followers can be a tempting networking strategy, chances are you may be interacting with a very small group of people anyway. It’s easier to manage any negative experiences when there’s a more restricted group of people you trust. Ask yourself: do you really know everyone in your network? Do you have the means to validate the new friends and followers are who they say they are? If the answer is no, then maybe there’s little value allowing those people into your network.

4. Checking in

It’s great to share where we are and who we are with, but checking in on social media is also giving your exact whereabouts to people who may not have your best interests at heart. If you really want to share a special place you visited, do it AFTERWARDS. That way you’re still sharing the great pics and experience you had without giving away your whereabouts in real time.

5. Think before you share

Even if you only have close friends in your networks anything you share on social media can get into the wrong hands. So, before you post or share something online consider whether you’re happy that everyone on planet Earth sees it.  Most memes don’t want to be a meme themselves. Young & e-mature.

But remember, live and have fun.  For each item sold, 5% will go to the See Me Programme (Scottish Association for Mental Health).

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