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Warnings about social media risks not just for kids

With the explosion of social media, parents are taking more time out of their day to talk to their children about the dangers of social media. Parents may sit their kids down and warn them that everyone isn’t who they say they are, that bullying online is just as bad as in person or share the fact that anything typed or uploaded is forever.

While this is certainly a discussion that should be had, taking time out to learn about social media risk isn’t just a lesson for kids. Parents should appreciate the power of social media -- especially those going through a divorce. You never know who has access to your profile or how it could be used against you during an Ohio divorce.

The best way to avoid having social media used against you during a divorce is to take down a profile. If a spouse isn’t posting any information at all, there isn’t any new information to use against him or her.

Privacy settings help to keep unwanted eyes away from your profile. For instance, users may block their soon-to-be ex. While this may prevent ex-spouses from signing on under their own name to check a profile, it doesn’t mean they are prevented from accessing the information at all. For instance, a spouse may gain access to the site through a mutual friend.

Most people are familiar with something called attorney-client privilege. What many are not familiar with are the ways in which this privilege protecting communications can be waived. For instance, someone who posts online “my attorney said” could actually be waiving this right.

Take the time to ask questions about social media while meeting with a divorce attorney, whether it is concerning your own use or statements made by a spouse.

Source: WTOP, “Navigating social media during a divorce,” Neal Augenstein, Sept. 9, 2013

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