Here at Angel Dancewear we love social media – we use it all the time, everyday, to keep in touch with people who follow us, people we follow, and whats going on in the dance world.
We use social media ourselves to let people know whats going on with us and Team Angel Dancewear. We post when we get new dance clothing into the store, when we have sales and special offers, what our favorite dance wear of the moment is – and to let people know about events we and the Team are involved with or attending (like Move It, Can You Dance, dance competitions, etc)
We’ve noticed recently that a few new dance store sites have launched on social media – particularly Instagram. They’ve had a lot of interest as they have been searching for ambassadors, and talking about their stores will be coming soon. As part of the application for ambassadors they are dancers to tag them in photos, to direct message (dm) them and other similar stuff.
The ones we have seen have deleted their accounts after a few weeks -and were obviously fake.
We have no way of knowing why people are doing this – but we would like to remind all our followers of some basic internet and social media rules to stay safe online.
We’re not experts at this – but the below tips from Staying Safe Online seem like good guidance to us:
1) Don’t post any personal information online like your address, email address or mobile number; or give it out in a DM unless you know it’s a real company and you know the reason they need it – ie to post out a prize in a competition.
2) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Think carefully about interacting with dancewear brands, applying to be Ambassadors etc until you know it is a real company. If they don’t have a website they probably aren’t. Anyone can set up an Instagram account pretending to be a dancewear shop and get you to share your pictures with them. It could be kids having a laugh at your expense or weirdos.
4) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
5) Never give out your passwords
6) Don’t befriend people you don’t know
7) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
8) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are. We know of a few dancers who have been fooled into believing they were brand ambassadors for companies which turned out to be fake.
9) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
10) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
11) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: show an adult or turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.