Protecting Our Troops on Social Media

Praying for our service men, women and their families.


Protecting Our Troops on Social Media

by William Jackson, M.Ed.

Instructor with Edward Waters College

Parent, Blogger, Educator, Speaker

Recent threats by ISIS and other terrorists groups highlights

the inherent dangers of posting content on Social Media

platforms that others can track and monitor. Having a digital

presence and exposure provides notoriety, but exposes people

to unintended dangers.

When accessing the Internet there is a digital bridge that is

created. That bridge is a two (2) way bridge of informational

sharing. The uniqueness is this bridge has unintentional

consequences. Content online is not just local or regional it

can be accessed by anyone that has an Internet connection

and associated browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome,

Safari, etc).

Because of the digital age of information now is the time to

teach “digital citizenship,” how to conduct yourself online,

protect your identity and be proactive in security measures.

ISIS and other terrorist groups are recruiting teens and young

adults to their radical thinking, their strategy is to use digital

platforms and tools to threaten service men and women and

even their families. Terrorism has grown on our homeland and

accessing our digital platforms to frighten, coerce and create

an atmosphere of fear.

Social media is more than just being “social” there is a dynamic

interaction of posting the events of our lives and that of family

and friends. Humans are social creatures so we have our lives,

experiences, emotions and knowledge online. The explosion

of Social Media has created a new set of problems and liabilities

even seen in the movies like “Captain America: The Winter

Solider” where an algorithm was created to track and predetermine

a persons future. This information although from a movie can be

a data gathering element with great facts as to a person’s

potential and future. This information is science fact not

science fiction any more.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine,

YouTube and others cannot be totally trusted or confidential

because of the potential that personal information may be used

to stalk, harm and even kill.

As digital citizens we may be our own worst enemy by putting

personal information online and allowing GPS tracking to document

our location, time and proximity to places and people.

Military personnel must be careful with security settings, GPS

stamps, photos, videos that show neighborhoods, schools their

children attend or daycares. Caution should be used for checkins,

proximity, meetups, Apps to see where family and friends are.

Minimizing risks are common sense judgments and making sure

when using Social Media platforms and tools monitor privacy ,

unfriend or hide yourself from people no longer in your network

or profession. Do not accept friend requests from overseas or

people you don’t know. Even if they say they are in the military is

this true or is “Catfishing,” faking an identity from a false accounts


Do not open every email or download every attachment, emails

can contain spyware, malware and viruses that infect your digital

device and even spread to others.

The uniqueness of military personnel and diverse mission driven

assignments makes military personnel targets so their children and

family members must also be taught how to conduct themselves

online. Military parents must be diligent and aware not just of their

physical surroundings, but of their digital surroundings.

Military personnel should Google themselves and family to see what

content is connected to them. I often get criticized about this, my

thinking is to be proactive about digital content not reactive.

Goggling text, photos, videos, tweets and other dynamic Social Media

elements. Protecting our nation is vital, but those in service to protect

us should be protected themselves and their families while at home

and abroad.

There are known terrorist groups in our nation, people traveling

overseas to fight in conflicts which draw our country closer to potential

conflicts that may threaten non-combatant family members here

worrying about their family members fighting on foreign lands.

Social Media education is important to safe guard against potential

security and safety issues. Many schools are now teaching Social Media

Awareness, this needs to grow and be a mission in and of itself to keep

our military families and their children safe. We now digitally have to

keep our service men and women safe from digital attacks.

William Jackson, M.Edu

Previous Speaker at:

Preventing Crime in the Black Community

Learn2Earn Experience Jacksonville, Florida via Thy Black Man

Learn2Earn Experience: A Lesson In Social Media Common Sense.

Speaker at the Upcoming:

42nd Annual Southeastern Lectureship

#ChurchofChrist #ChurchesofChrist

“Social Media SWAG and Ministry”

One Church Conference

#ChurchofChrist #ChurchesofChrist

Social Media Safety

“Your SWAG On Social Media”


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