|Life Skills||Media Literacy|
Talking with Deb from Shmoop
about online safety now.
So, Deb, why should we care about what we post online?
Why not have those embarrassing photos
and send them to our employers
in the future and so on and so on?
Well, to be honest, sometimes it doesn't matter
if you post embarrassing photos because no one's gonna see them.
But you really don't wanna work under that assumption.
If you are applying for a job,
you better believe that your future employers
are going to be Googling you, trying to find you on all social media,
and seeing if they can find the one picture
to convince them not to hire you.
Whether that's a picture of you partying
or just looking like a slob or an idiot.
If you turn, say, your Facebook off
as you're applying for jobs,
definitely helps, good suggestion there.
Don't use Facebook, Twitter, et cetera, while you're applying for jobs.
You never know what employers will think is bad.
It might be that one employer thinks
that that picture of you partying
is fine and another won't,
so it's better to just turn it all off.
How deep does this go? So, for example,
there have been a bunch of legal cases
about very left-wing companies
and very right-wing companies making employment hires
or choosing not to make employment hires
based on political beliefs.
How should we think about that
when posting political beliefs
and all that? I mean, it's kind of who we are.
Shouldn't we have the right to say that?
Is it legal for employers to not hire us because of that?
Yeah, there's kind of that balance between
free speech and the right for a private company
to make decisions based on what they believe.
Those are things that normally we say,
"Don't talk about it at a dinner party," right?
But you probably shouldn't talk about them at work.
There are other forums to express those ideas.
And, again, that's why, if you wanna express those ideas
on social media, go for it. But then when it comes time
to apply for a job
or you're doing anything where you might be put in the public eye,
it's good to turn those off.
Gotta remember that turning off your social media
doesn't mean people can't find it.
It just makes it a lot harder for them to find it.
So you mentioned finding it.
What if you post anonymously?
Is Big Brother really watching us? What if we do post anonymously?
Well, there's no such thing as anonymous, Dave.
There really isn't.
When you post anonymously,
all you're doing is making it harder
for someone to figure out who it is.
So if I go online
and someone's posting anonymously, I'm probably gonna say,
"Oh, okay, I don't know who this is." and move on.
But if someone really wants to figure out who it is,
they have your IP address.
They can figure out exactly who you are,
where you posted it, when you posted it.
Got it. Okay, makes sense.
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Why should we care about what we post online?
How should we think about posting political beliefs in social media?
What happens when you post anonymously?