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Oversharing online can cost you your job…and more!

In this modern world, many of us communicate using the internet, email or other forms of digital communication. When you are pursuing a legal claim it is critical that you understand that any communications you have with anybody (other than your attorney), may be subject to disclosure at some point in the process.

Any information you post to an internet website, write in an email or instant message, or otherwise transmit electronically may someday be requested as evidence in your case. If you maintain an internet website or a space on internet portals such as, etc., there is not much that prevents investigators from entering those sites and obtaining all of the information you have placed there. Sometimes they can access your profiles, even if your profile is private, via a friend or acquaintance.

More than Half of Americans Admit Social Media Remorse

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Over half of Americans regret something they’ve posted online.
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Average Daily Screen Time Nine Hours

The average adult now spends more than nine 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 too many of us have found out the hard way, all this time online can come with a price. As we click, scroll and post into 2017, protect yourself and your kids from these social media pitfalls.

Heed the Top Seven Ways Using Social Media Can Get You Fired

More 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 hiring managers 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 the top seven social media no-no’s for employees:

  1. Make racist, sexist or other offensive comments
  2. Complain about your job or your clients
  3. Share confidential information
  4. Post something inappropriate on company social media
  5. Use personal social media when you should be working
  6. Post drunk photos from work gatherings
  7. 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.

Staring Smartphone Burden

Staring 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. Here are some ways to keep your screen time (and your children’s) in check and your body healthy:

  1. Schedule children for regular eye exams.
  2. Take frequent breaks.
  3. Adjust for proper alignment. A digital screen should be centered and positioned about 4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches from the center of the screen to the eyes (for an adult), 18 to 26 inches for a child.
  4. Use anti-glare screens or position screens to avoid glare.
  5. LCD and high-res screens are easier on the eyes. Screen brightness should be adjusted to fit the surroundings.
  6. Blink frequently to keep your eyes moist.

Parents can visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for guidance on how to balance lifestyle with digital media and create a personalized family plan.

When Social Media Turns Anti-Social

Many people can navigate a healthy social media presence with intelligence and 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. As reliance on screens increases, so will the need for honest, IRL (your teen will tell you that means “in real life”) conversations about what can or should be shared.

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