There are certain rules when you're on Facebook -- etiquette rules. And when you're a parent, they kind of apply all the more. After all, if you're a mom or dad on Facebook, you're probably posting and reading things about kids. And when kids are involved, there's always rules. (I'm looking at you, person who posts a hundred times a day, but never likes anything of anyone's back!) Here are 5 Facebook etiquette rules every parent should follow.
Like posts back! If you're an active user -- a user who posts lots of photos of their kids, etc. -- and you usually get tons of likes and comments, spread the love. When your friends post pictures of their kids, like them back. Or throw in a comment if you're feeling crazy. It's the right thing to do. (Also, respond to people. If you post a lot, clearly you're on Facebook a lot. If someone asks you a question or something, give them the courtesy of responding.)
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Post things in an album. If you're out for the day, doing something awesome with your kids, don't keep posting photos piecemeal, clogging up everyone's newsfeeds. Create an album. Perhaps entitled: "My Awesome Day Doing Awesome Stuff With My Awesome Kids"?
Keep child complaints to a minimum. Nobody likes a Debbie Downer -- especially when the downerness is directed at your kids -- you know, those little beings who didn't ask to be put on Earth. You never know what someone else is going through -- maybe a friend of yours can't get pregnant and is desperately trying -- so err on the side of caution. And remember: it's just plain awkward for others when you air your dirty laundry.
Don't post pictures of other people's kids without asking. We've discussed this. Not cool.
Don't let Facebook take over your life. Facebook is cool and all, but it isn't a replacement for real life. Make sure you get out and hang with your actual friends -- and don't be logged on when you're around your kids. Something is just ... icky about a toddler saying: "Mommy, are you on Facebook?"
What Facebook rules do you know of?
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