Social media: What you need to know to stay safe online

Attorney Whitney Gibson. Provided by Vorys
Attorney Whitney Gibson. Provided by Vorys

(FOX19) - Social media is a big part of our lives these days. What can you do to protect your privacy and your children?

Attorney Whitney Gibson, a partner with the law firm Vorys' Cincinnati office, will discuss the following on Thursday's FOX19 Morning News:

  • Anonymous apps are changing the social media culture for teens and young adults.
  • The promise of anonymity is not guaranteed when someone posts harmful content.
  • Several anonymous apps that are growing in popularity include:

*Whisper, an anonymous app where users share thoughts with the world, has close to 3 billion monthly page views.

*Secret, an anonymous app similar to Whisper, is also growing in popularity and has been a highlight at South By Southwest conference.

*Yik Yak is an anonymous app that is causing uproars at schools across the country for fostering cyberbullying.

Here important insights from Social Media Mania:

• Posts are never private or anonymous.
• Sharing inappropriate photos can lead to suspension, expulsion and a criminal record.
• 58 percent of children say someone has been mean online, 40 percent say it's happened twice but many are afraid to talk about it.

For more information about Social Media Mania, visit

To learn more about Vorys' Internet defamation practice, visit or call 513-723-4823.

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