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Personal Accounts and Social Networking

What you do on social networks should be presumed to be publicly available to anyone, even if you have created a private account. It is possible to use privacy controls online to limit access to sensitive information. But such controls are only a deterrent, not an absolute insulator. Reality is simple: If you don’t want something to be found online, don’t put it there.

No account is ever absolutely “private,” regardless of your privacy settings. It’s possible that a social network “friend” can show pictures, wall posts, or videos to anyone they wish. Once you post something you can never really “delete” it.

Be careful to make sure your photos and videos reflect you as you would want all others to see you – not just your network friends. Remember that it’s possible for not only your boss and colleagues to see your page, but also community members and children you advise.

Related Links

Do we need Social Media?
Social Media Guidelines
Social Media Standards