Grandparents, are you new to social media? Or, just not sure how to respond to certain things when using social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat? If so, there are a few important social media mistakes you should avoid making when interacting with your grandkids, or anyone online for that matter.

Social Media Mistakes

  • Sharing potentially embarrassing photos. That bathtub baby picture might be cute to you, but it could embarrass your grandchild once it’s posted online. Always think about what you are posting and who is shown in the photos. When in doubt, it’s never a bad idea to ask your grandchild how they feel about it. Talk to your grandkids and give them veto power over online disclosures, including images, quotes, or accomplishments.
  • Posting highly personal information that could compromise personal security. Avoid posting photos that include license plates, easily identifiable landmarks, or “check-in” online with your grandkids at places you go regularly. Know how to check and change your security settings. On Facebook, for example, it’s not hard to find information on how to adjust your security settings.
  • Replying to any disturbing or harassing messages you may see online about your grandchildren or yourself. Cyberbullies want to see people worried or upset. These individuals are mainly just seeking some sort of reaction, so don’t give it to them.
  • Posting something you would never say offline. The best rule of thumb to follow: if you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. If you see your grandchild post something that disturbs you, talk to his or her parents instead of responding on social media.
  • Assuming everyone that you come across online is who he or she may seem to be. Anyone can create a user profile pretending to be someone else — even on social media sites that claim to connect students from the same school.

Maybe you’ve been a little reluctant to learn more about social media because you think it’s a passing fad. Well, that’s hardly the case. According to the website Statista, the number of worldwide social media users reached 1.96 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow to some 2.5 billion by 2018. In addition, social media is a useful way for businesses to stay connected with customers and communities when used the right way. Visit the Easy Escapes RV Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @EasyEscapesRV to see exactly what we’re talking about!