Cleaning Up Your Social Act

by stacie on May 11, 2021

Social media is an interesting place, isn’t it? It’s one place that you can catch up with everyone all at once, view lots of photos from all sorts of places, share your thoughts, join groups of people with common interests … the possibilities are endless.

Which is also one of the biggest problems.

It’s easy to share photos of your kids, your home, your vacations … and also your political opinions, religious beliefs, and possibly even your opinions about your employer.

The downside to sites like Facebook is that they change their privacy settings so frequently that it’s difficult to keep up. If you’re not careful, information that you post may become public without you even realizing it. This could jeopardize your relationship with your employer or even put photos of your children into the hands of a stranger.

And, with an influx of employers wanting access to social media sites before they’ll even hire you, it’s also important to keep these things in mind if you’re planning on changing jobs or reentering the workforce.

So, do yourself a favor and make a note on your calendar to check your social media sites once every month … or ever six weeks. Make sure that your privacy settings are sealed up tight and keep prying eyes out.

photo credit: statepress

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  • Penny W.

    Before I make what must surely be a witty, but scathing or critical or opinated comment about something, I ask myself a question:

    Am I willing to go to my front door and shout it out loud? The answer is usually NO so I often delete my very ‘amusing’ asides and end up keeping my mouth shut. A good policy that works for me. More people should try it. ;)

  • kate

    @Penny. Sage advice. I’ve had that sinking feeling on occasion when the whoosh of my email being sent makes me realize that I didn’t actually want to say what I just wrote out loud. But only a few times, luckily! I’ll keep your words in mind for the future.

  • Hennyort

    totally! going into cyber space is going into the world, only we think its a bigger world than it is. Imagine your neighbor (or worse) telling you she saw your comment. 

  • Rebecca - Mom Meets Blog

    This is so true - and once it’s out there, you can’t take it back!  Some stuff is really cringeworthy, so if in doubt, don’t post it!

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