One of the sessions I enjoyed most at EMS Today this year was "The Facebook" session. In "Fired for Facebook?: 15 Common Sense Principles to Help Keep Your Face on Your EMS Agency's Profile," JEMS Editorial Board members Steve Wirth, Esq. and Douglas Wolfberg, Esq., offered the room full of attendees tips of things EMS providers should NOT do on Facebook.
1. Don’t Post Inappropriate Pictures of Yourself or Others;
2. Don't Post Pictures or Make Comments About Patients;
3. Don't Complain About Your Job, Supervisors or Coworkers;
4. Don't Post Conflicting Information About Your Credentials Or Resume;
5. Don't Lie About Your Profile Information or Lie In Your Postings;
6. Don't Post Statuses You Wouldn't Want Your Boss to See;
7. Understand and Check Your Settings;
8. Don't Accept or "Troll" for "Friends" Who Aren't Really Friends;
9. Don't Post Things While Engaged in Work Activities;
10. Don't Make Statements About Others That Can Lead to Defamation or Slander Claims;
11. Don't Violate Coipyright Laws or Misuse Other Peoples' Stuff;
12. Don't Share Confidential or Proprietary Information;
13. Don't "Trash Talk" or Pick Fights or Harass Others;
14. Avoid Politically Charged Statements or Statements that Indicate "Biases"; and
15. Correct Your Mistakes!
"It's kind of a free for all out there these days," Wirth told attendees. "Ultimately only you have responsibility for what you post."