Brandy Ruiz, center, holds a sheet cake while another classmate pretends he is going to slap it out of her hands. Another classmate is watching and another is filming on a smart phone.

What I’ve learned from growing alongside social media

I created my very first instagram account at 12 years old, just two years after the app was launched. It was that same year that I also created a YouTube account where my middle school friends and I could post videos for the fun of it. After that, I created my Twitter account at 14. I don’t think I was trying to do anything with social media, let alone understand what a digital footprint was. But, a little over 10 years later, social media is now a big part of my career in media.