As more and more users join facebook and become part of the social networking
system, more and more mistakes are being made.
Most of the time when we are using the internet, we know what is private
and what is appropriate. Sometimes, however, social networking sites begin
to seems more like diaries and people forget that their postings and pictures
are public information. Even with strict privacy settings, information
can be subpoenaed. Judges are now using online information to glean details
about parents' lives and to help them decide who should be awarded
In "he said she said" cases, pictures, postings, and comments
can be incredibly important. A few racy comments or photos of you partying
could cost you your child. In one example, a Dallas man used pictures
from facebook to prove that his wife was not a fit parent. She had heavily
sexualized photos on her facebook, as well as photos of her new boyfriend
brandishing a weapon. The photos also helped convince the judge to run
a drug test, which she failed. The father was given primary custody.
Always remember, your online personality is never entirely private, so
it is important to screen what you put up.