What Seniors Should and Shouldn't do on Facebook

Posted by Jim Fuller on Mar 7, 2017 7:58:00 AM
Things You Should and Shouldn't do on Facebook.pngFacebook and other social media sites are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family members. Here are some tips on what you should and shouldn't do on Facebook:

Things you can do on Facebook

  • Stay in touch with family! Facebook lets you know what your kids and grandkids are up to, even if they're halfway around the world. See your grandson's soccer game in real time, check out photos of the latest grandchild, and enjoy chatting via message or live calls whenever you feel like visiting.
  • Look up old friends. One of the great things about Facebook is the groups, because you can find old school friends, military buddies, or people you used to work with by searching for alumni groups or by name. You can reconnect and reminisce to your heart's content.
  • Meet people who share your interests. Facebook is a great place to find people who share your hobbies, whether it be quilting, golfing, or reading a certain genre of books. There are tons of groups you can find and join with those who share your hobbies.
  • Follow famous people. Most celebrities have a Facebook page, so you can stay up to date with what's going on in the life of your favorite movie star.
  • Keep informed. On Facebook, you can know what's going on in the world via newscasts, on the ground reporting, and pages from your local government and police department.
  • Share your own news. Facebook is the perfect place to update your friends and family on the latest events in your life such as a visit from your daughter or a shopping trip with your best friend.

Things you shouldn't do on Facebook

  • Never give out personal information such as your address, financial data, or passwords. Don't even hint, because there are scammers who make a living by stealing information.
  • Don't tell people where you are or where you're going. This is another way thieves find targets, and you're better to be safe than sorry.
  • Everyone wants to brag about their grandkids, but ask the parents before you share photos of their kids. Just now that if you do share photos of children make sure there's no way to identify their location, school, or full name. It’s just proper etiquette to ask someone for permission before posting.
  • Complaints are another thing that you should think twice about before you share. You might be vexed at the poor service from a waitress, but an innocent complaint could cost them their job.
  • Personal attacks and gossip don't belong on Facebook, either. No matter how upset you are, don't put the info out for the world to see.
  • Offensive posts and jokes don't belong on social media. Don't post or share something that might hurt someone else's feelings.
  • Watch out for hoaxes! Before you share that tidbit of stunning information do a quick search and make sure it's real!
  • Other people's news in just that so make sure and ask if it's okay before you share the news that your grandson is engaged or your granddaughter is expecting. You don't want to spoil their surprise if they haven't announced something yet.

All in all, a good rule of thumb for Facebook and other social media sites is to take a moment and think before you post. If the information or photo isn't something you'd show or tell to a complete stranger on the street, it's probably not a good idea to share it online, either.

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