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Social media has the potential to damage parenting reputations

Social media can reflect well or poorly on you, and if you share custody of your children with your ex-spouse, what you do on camera can come back to haunt you. That happened recently to a couple on YouTube, a social media platform where users share videos. They played pranks on their children, but many believe they went too far.

The courts agreed, and the children were placed in their biological mother's custody. How does that apply to your case? It shows just how important it is to be good to your children and to do things in their best interests. While a silly prank here or there won't have Child Protective Services at your door, going too far and tormenting your children with these acts can.

If a video or image you post online looks abusive, you could find yourself facing child abuse allegations as well as an investigation by the authorities. You could temporarily lose the right to see your children or have visitation.

Of course, there are two sides to every story, and what may appear dangerous or harmful in a video or image is not always the case. In most cases, it's truly better to keep your children off the Internet where the public can decide what you are doing right or wrong. If you do post something online, it has the potential to show what a great parent you are, but it also has the potential to hurt your custody arrangements.

This is just something to think about. If you're accused of hurting your children or participating in negative behaviors, your social media account can hurt you. Your attorney can talk to you more about your options.

Source: USA Today, "YouTube stars lose custody of children after controversial 'prank' videos," Abby Ohlheiser, May 03, 2017

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