Don’t be fake.
Social media is a good way of showing a snapshot of your best. Just make sure your best is really you. When it comes down to it just be real.
Don’t share sadness.
Be real, yes, but keep the depressing posts to a minimum. Having family, friends and coworkers in one place means making announcements is super easy. That’s a great use of social media! Just don’t let it become your dumping ground for bad news.
Don’t believe everything you read.
If Facebook is your primary source of news, it’s time to start looking for more ways of getting news. You must consider who is posting, article or blog you read—and read it carefully—before accepting information as truth and stamping your approval on the content. Check your sources!
Don’t post “embarrassing” articles/photos/videos etc. on your kids timeline.
Posting that article about weight loss tips, at home rash remedies or old photos of your kids timeline may seem like a good idea… It’s not. Next time you see that great article you think may help you child. Simply send it to them in a private message. Your kids will appreciate it.
Do be selective.
You don’t have to accept every friend request that comes your way. It’s okay to restrict your Facebook friends list to people you actually know.
Do model good behavior.
Our online activity may feel private, but we all know it leaves a permanent mark. That’s why we should consider our social media accounts as a future lesson for our kids. If they’re not watching now, they will be soon enough. Always model good online behavior.
Do practice positivity.
If you like a post, like it! Got an encouraging word to say? Go ahead and comment. Post a story, video or picture that’s bound to make people smile. If you’re going to act impulsively on social media, let this be the way you do it.
If all else fails, remember to ask yourself when posting, commenting or sending a message: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?