Teaching & Learning

Social Networking Tips and Information

Important information to consider when using Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

Control Access to Your Personal Information:


  • Use social networking sites to connect with friends, family and colleagues.
  • Use common sense when using this technology - and consider who will see your page before you post any information, photos, or anything else about yourself or others.
  • Be aware that users can search for you by anything in your profile (your employer, university, etc.).
  • Control who sees your page and who can search for your page. Set your privacy settings so that only “friends” can review your information.
  • Review PSEA’s advice on Safe Social Networking on PSEA.org.
  • Monitor comments that are posted to your page. Delete any with inappropriate language or content. 
  • Monitor your friends’ photographs. If someone “tags” you in an inappropriate photograph, remove the tag and ask that the photo be taken down.
  • On Facebook, disable the Google search function in the Privacy Settings.


  • Accept friend requests from students or their parents.
  • Accept someone you do not know as your friend.
  • Join “groups” that may be considered unprofessional or inappropriate.
  • Inappropriate, vulgar, or obscene language or materials.
  • Language or materials that could be considered inappropriate or unprofessional.
  • Photos which could be considered inappropriate or unprofessional.
  • Links to materials or groups that may be considered to be inappropriate or unprofessional.

Note: If someone does a Google Search for your name, do you know what the results will show?

Your Job Search

When searching for a job, a potential employer could search for you on social networking sites. Do you want potential employers to know:

  • Your relationship status?
  • Your political views?
  • Your religion?
  • Your sexual orientation?
  • Whether you have children?

Is there something on your profile that is inconsistent with what is on your resume?

Imposter Profiles and Blogs

What do you do if you are a victim of a fake blog or fake social networking page created about you?


  • Notify your employer immediately.
  • Report the impersonation to the social networking site or the blog administrator and request that they remove the entry.



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