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    Are you a Social Media Misfit?

    10 simple social media do’s and don’ts that will help you tiptoe around pitfalls and help you stay a step ahead in your digital tracks.


    1. Post inappropriate images or statements

    Once the information is out there…it is somewhere forever.

    Related reading: 6 ways to find—and purge—social media deadbeats

    2. Post overly opinionated content whether work-related or not

    Honesty is often the best policy, however, to remain neutral especially when it comes to political and religious issues. It’s really easy to appear as extreme, close-minded or judgmental when posting highly opinionated content. Unfortunately, once something is posted, it is difficult to retract it. 

    3.  Complain about current or past employers, groups or organizations

    Person upset by a phoneYes, the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution guarantees us freedom of speech and that gives you the right to discuss a host of different issues with friends, colleagues and co-workers in most community situations.

    4.  Be offensive or react negatively

    Steer clear of posting, tweeting or commenting on anything that could potentially be offensive or distressing. It might sound like common sense but, sadly, it happens far too often to leave off the list. Staying neutral and keeping your comments, likes and shares appropriate should protect you from having to wonder if what you post might be seen as inappropriate or offensive. Too often our emotions can play a role in what you post. Keep your emotions in check.

    5.  Spend too much time on social media

    After harnessing your online persona, go out and live it! Practice what you preach, get out there and spread your passion for the profession of dental assisting!

    These social media do’s and don’ts in this list may seem intuitive or even obvious. As you continue the journey of maintaining your professional image online, following suit off-line will be a natural progression and prepare you for life’s challenges. However, if the worst happens and your good name is tarnished across social media in a way that destroys your credibility and image you may need to take immediate action. One of the best ways to correct a damaged reputation is to clean the slate and create a new name to use online, not to try to undo what you’ve done with your given name. Digital profiles can be reestablished and content across the Web using perhaps a slightly different name, perhaps your middle name as your fist name or first initial. Then carefully safeguard this identity as you move on with your life.

    Keep this list in mind every time you visit a social media site and “think before you post”-remember-you don’t want to be a social media misfit.

    Virginia Cairrao, CDA, FADAA
    Virginia Cairrao, CDA, FADAA, is the president of the American Dental Assistants Association


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