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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.