Last weekend was amazing!

Man wearing loud patchwork outfit and thick framed sunglasses, dancing at a party with onlookersg GIF by J BalvinNow it's Monday and you take a break to check your social media.

Uh-oh! Someone posted a pic of you that you do not want people to see.

Your first reaction's like:

Young woman covering her face with hands. Photo by J Taubitz on Unsplash

But you have options!

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Option 1: Contact The Poster

After you get over your initial shock, the best first step is to contact the person who posted the photo and ask them to remove it.

Text message from Jaye asking her friend to take down the picture because it could negatively affect her work reputation. Or...

Text message: Jaye tells her friend that while Saturday was fun, she's embarrassed by the photo. Friend agrees to remove it.

Option 2: Be A Good Sport

This option only applies if the reason you're upset is that it's just not a great picture of you.

Before and after pics. Typical selfie- Jennifer Anistonl This pic: aging hippy man with hair like Jennifer's.

Post a comment to show you're a good sport.

"LOL not my best moment."

"Who is this lovely creature 🐸?"

"Wow, the fun really got to me."

Option 3: Report It If...

  • You're being harassed or bullied

  • The content is obscene

  • It's revenge porn

Report by contacting:

  1. The social media platform

  2. Your local police

  3. School authorities if it involves harassment on campus

Quiz

Ana, a high school teacher, just realized that her friend posted a picture of her on Facebook from last week's Girl's Night Out. There are lots of wine glasses in the pic and Ana doesn't want her colleagues or students to see it. What should she do?

Be a good sport & post a funny comment.

Ask her friend to untag her.

Ask her friend to remove the photo.

Report it to the local authorities.

Take Action

It's best to be proactive so that you never have to deal with embarrassing online photos.

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Mary Ellen D'Intino

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