Social media is a pervasive part of life and business. It’s something most of us spend hours on each week, if not more. We look to social media to connect with other people, to find out news and information, and to entertain ourselves.
There are times when social media can get us in a lot of trouble, however.
It’s important to be a savvy social media user, and the following are some things you should never post and some situations where it’s best to remain quiet on your profiles.
Don’t Post Anything If You’re In a Car Accident
If you’re in a car accident, you have to realize that insurance companies will likely find your profile, and they may use it as a way to get out of paying you. If you think your insurance company won’t find you on social media, they will.
Don’t post on social media after an accident, even if you think you’re posting something completely unrelated.
Don’t post pictures of yourself doing anything during that time, set your profiles to private, and don’t accept requests from people you don’t know.
Don’t Post About Your Workplace
If you’ve ever headed to social media to vent about your employer, your coworkers, or your customers, don’t do it again.
Your boss can fire you in some cases based on what you post on social media.
Find other ways to vent if you’re having a bad day.
Don’t Post If You’re In the Middle of a Child Custody Dispute
When you’re fighting for your former partner for custody of your child, whether you want full custody, or you just want more time with your child, you should likely avoid social media altogether.
Despite all that we know about the risks that can come with using social media during court cases, surprisingly, people still get themselves into trouble all the time.
You might post something that doesn’t directly have anything to do with your kids, for example, you out partying during a night you don’t have them. Still, this could then be used against you in court to show you as unstable or someone who heavily uses alcohol.
Don’t post about a slew of new relationships you might enter into, and don’t disparage the other parent on social media.
Don’t Post About Money or Your Financial Status
You don’t want to post about your financial status on social media, especially if it’s something like getting a raise, a new credit card, or making a new purchase.
It can leave you open to unscrupulous friends and family members who might try to take advantage, but it can also make you a target of cybercriminals.
You may think it sounds unlikely, but people do post pictures of cash on social media as well as credit cards.
Both are an incredibly bad idea.
Don’t Post Disparaging Things About Another Person
There is so much that gets posted on social media that’s negative and can potentially harm other people or get you into trouble.
Just don’t post about other people in a negative way to avoid these situations.
Sometimes social media is used for revenge, and that can again get you in legal trouble.
None of the potential consequences are worth the temporary feeling of satisfaction or relief you might get from posting bad things about another person.
Don’t Share Your Location
If you go to a restaurant, for example, and you tag your location, it could leave you open to potential predators. You don’t ever know who is looking at your social media profiles, so the less personal information you share, the better.
Don’t Share Offensive Content
We’re living in the midst of what some describe as cancel culture, and regardless of how you feel about it, sharing things that others could find offensive can ultimately get you in a lot of trouble. You may think it’s a joke, but consider how that joke could be perceived months or even years from now. It could prevent you from getting a job, for example, or even cause you to lose a job.
Finally, this one is up to you, but it may be best to avoid posting too much political content. It’s likely never changed anyone’s mind to read someone else’s political beliefs. You might also find that posting politically-charged content can cause breakdowns in your relationships with friends and family, and it just might not be worth it. There’s a reason discussing politics was taboo until social media came about.