Can I be fired for something I posted on Facebook
Over half of Americans regret something they’ve posted online.
The average adult now spends many hours per day consuming media via screen, including smartphone, television, gaming or e-books. Twenty percent of that time is dedicated to social media. As many of us have found out the hard way, all this time online can come with a price. As we click, scroll and post, protect yourself and your kids from social media pitfalls.
Using Social Media Can Get You Fired
Most employers are looking at social media to screen potential candidates and monitor employees. Over 90 percent of employers use social media for recruiting, and three in four check candidates’ social profiles before an interview. Maintaining a professional social media profile for your chosen career can help you get that dream job as well as keep it. Twenty-eight percent of employers have fired workers because they spent too much work time on social media, and 18 percent because of an offensive post. Here are social media no-no’s for employees:
- Make racist, sexist or other offensive comments
- Complain about your job or your clients
- Share confidential information
- Post something inappropriate on company social media
- Use personal social media when you should be working
- Post drunk photos from work gatherings
- Broadcast your job search
Excess Screen Time Equals Health Issues
Screen time, whether in front of a computer, tablet or smartphone, can contribute to health issues in adults and children alike. Many hours spent in front of screens are causing an increase in headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and eye strain.
Social Media RemorseSocial Media RemorseSocial Media RemorseStaring at a smartphone also creates what doctors call “text neck.” As a person bends their neck to look down at a phone, the added weight causes pressure, pain and strain.
When Social Media Turns Anti-Social
Many people can navigate a healthy social media presence with intelligence and common sense, but some are struggling to stay connected while staying safe. Kids are more likely to share personal details without thinking about the consequences, and connect with strangers who may be predatory. Recently, anonymous messaging apps like Kik have come under fire for allowing minors to message with strangers without alerting parents. Check out the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) OnGuard Online website for free online security tips and resources.
Finally, the most important way to protect your kids from unsafe online behavior is to keep the lines of face-to-face communication open. Talk to them about the potential dangers and encourage them to speak to you if they ever feel unsafe online.