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Going to College? Teens Beware of Social Media Monitoring
- Written by Kelly Kirk
- March 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm
Just when you thought password-protected accounts actually meant “privacy,” employers, government agencies, and colleges are now demanding Facebook passwords and log in information for other social media accounts. Educating teens and younger children about the use of social media has never been more important until now.
Future employers, colleges and government agencies are implementing social media monitoring by using social media profiles of potential candidates as a measurement for accepting them into college or for a certain position within a company. Fair or not, this is happening more and more and privacy is being refuted.
How Teens Can Put Their Best Foot Forward When Using Social Media:
- Realize that everything online is fair game. No matter how many privacy settings you set, if someone else has access to what your sharing online through being connected and seeing your posts, it’s fair game to the world. How? It’s as easy as a screen capture.
- Don’t say anything you wouldn’t want the world to know about you! Sharing is great. But if you know companies, colleges and other organizations are monitoring social media profiles, say things in a way that reflect the reputation you want for yourself. And maybe, don’t say certain things online and instead, save it for “in person” discussions.
- Think twice before posting photos! Do you really want to post THAT photo of yourself? Part of putting your best foot forward is making sure you project a positive image of yourself whether online or not. Is posting that picture of you doing something you really wouldn’t want the world to see the best thing to do?
- Self-Censorship is a must! Learn how to put certain check-points in place for yourself. Maybe you should be hitting “Delete” instead of “Post” from time to time.
It’s easy to get caught up in social media where the rules that apply currently are “Anything Goes.” With the recent monitoring of social media accounts by various organization, this is sort of a game changer. While the majority may not be doing this at the moment, as social media continues to grow eventually it will be unavoidable. Always lead yourself down the higher road. Remember, some things are left better unsaid.
Check out this article for real examples of how social media monitoring is currently being used: Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords
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