Florida-based teen Dana Snay has given the legal world a new meaning of the word ‘zip it’ a report published online discusses the comment she had made on her Facebook page that her 1200 friends had read. This was revolving around the conclusion of her father’s litigation with an exclusive Miami prep school over age-discrimination. The fact that this was discussed with her showed an error in judgment with this girl’s parents who should have never discussed this with her to begin with. We all grew up with the ‘watch what you say’ bit from mom or grandma, but this took it to a whole new level when she got on bragging about how the $80,000 that was awarded to her father was going to pay for a trip to Europe this summer.
Now this addresses the fact that privacy settings on Facebook are there for a reason and many people including chatterbox teenagers don’t utilize. There was no reason for this girl to post anything pertaining to the case on Facebook whether it was ongoing or closed. There was also a gag order making both sides stay quiet about the terms and settlement details. This is why teens have to be monitored as to what they say on Facebook because at times teens can reveal too much information which can compromise their security and safety as well as the safety and security of those around them.
The fact that she got online saying what she said will have lawyers using this in future cases involving discrimination suits and even divorces. Parents need to really pay attention as to what they say to their children and think if what they’re saying is appropriate and to stress that nobody else is to be told of the situation(s). Facebook is a great site don’t get me wrong, but it all comes down to what is and what isnt appropriate to discuss on the site that’s what gets a lot of people going. Teens especially need to watch what they post because you don’t know who is reading this stuff and could have connection to what is being discussed in terms of court cases or even people involved in it.
Parents should instruct their kids that they have the right to shut their Facebook accounts down if they can’t post appropriate things and the pages will be checked on a frequent basis. Parents have to take control as to what their kids say on Facebook because the world doesnt need to know all your business and knowing what should remain private. This cost a man who fought and won this lawsuit and his own child cost him a settlement that was rightfully due to him because of her running off at the mouth. When there is a case in court and there’s a gag order of confidentiality take it seriously because now the judge involved vacated the settlement citing breach of confidentiality. This teen will think long and hard next time she wants to get on her soapbox running her mouth about something that she has no buisness or reason posting on Facebook and now that dream vacation to Europe is out the door because she didnt do what many of us heard if we said more than what we needed to say and that was ‘zip it’.