Social media is a wonderful thing, as long as it is used wisely and common sense prevails. Here are some tips that should always be followed in order to make sure you are keeping yourself - and others - safe while using Facebook:
Never post your home or work address or location
Never post your home or work address or location. This includes pictures of the front of your home or your place of employment.
"I left my kids home alone today and they did great!"
While it can be tempting to brag or praise your kids for behaving responsibly, make sure you do so as well by never posting statuses or comments like, "I left my kids home alone today and they did great!" or anything of that nature.
Don't post about how much you miss your husband
Don't post about how much you miss your husband while he's out of town on business. Everyone doesn't need to know when you are home alone. Send your hubby a private message telling him how much you miss him instead.
Where your kids attend school or what bus they ride
Those pics of the kids on their first day of school every year are adorable, but make sure they don't include any captions or information in the photo indicating where your kids attend school or what bus they ride. Take those photos inside the house before leaving or in a nondescript area of the school.
It's perfectly normal to be excited about an upcoming vacation, but wait until you are back home before posting pics or information letting everyone know you were out of town.
Pictures of your kids in the bathtub.
"Happy 30th Birthday, Lisa!"
Everyone likes to wish their family and friends a Happy Birthday when the little reminder message pops up on Facebook. And we all love to get those birthday wishes as well. But tale just a moment and think about how much information is being shared by a simple "Happy 30th Birthday to _____" Birth date, including year, all in an innocent post. Consider sending your good wishes in a private message.
"Can you believe _____ still wets the bed?"
It can be fun to post things that embarrass our kids a bit, but be careful not to take it too far and subject them to humiliation and possibly open them up to bullying. Thinking a bit of shaming might fix the problem, a mother posted on facebook, "Can you believe _____ still wets the bed?" Please, think before you post.