FACEBOOK is proving a major distraction to thousands of Australian teenagers and having a bad effect on their schoolwork.
Doing homework is increasingly coming a poor second to social networking, a survey reveals.
The study of students aged 11-18 by youth and self-development experts Oxygen Factory found more than three quarters of students admitted their homework suffered as a result of being glued to sites such as Facebook.
"The majority of students surveyed were in the 15 to 18-year-old age bracket, which means at a critical time when they should be focused on the HSC and future plans after school, they are often spending six hours a week or more chatting to their friends online."
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Top ten turn-offs for employers on social networking websites
1. References to drug abuse
2. Extremist / intolerant views, including racism, sexism
3. Criminal activity
4. Evidence of excessive alcohol consumption
5. Inappropriate pictures, including nudity
6. Foul language
7. Links to unsuitable websites
8. Lewd jokes
9. Silly email addresses
10. Membership of pointless / silly groups
Employers are increasingly using Facebook (and other social networking sites) to check up on potential and current employees. People have been disciplined at work, have missed out on job positions, or have even been dismissed due to comments they've left on Facebook and similar sites.
In the credit crunch times, you can't afford to have anything working against you. Here's how to make sure your Facebook profile isn't visible to your boss - and how to clean it up if necessary...
Step 1: Checking Your Privacy Settings
Do you know who might be reading your Facebook profile? Are you really certain that it's only limited to those people who you've accepted a Friend request from?
As you can imagine, giving potential bosses (and
your past professors - people who might write you a reference) access
to your entire profile could be a no-no....But if you
pack your profile with rude quotes, if your status update regularly
includes how drunk/stoned/lazy you are, and if the photos of you are
ones you'd never want to be posted on the office noticeboard ... you
might want to limit all of the information in your profile to friends
Why Should I Bother?
When an employer decides to check you out on Facebook prior to interviewing you, they won't be able to see your profile, photos of you, and so on. The first impression they get of you will be a professional one from the interview. Leaving your Facebook profile open to them is a bit like inviting them to come and nose around your home (when it's at its most untidy)
Step 2: Cleaning Up Your Profile
Some quick tips that might help you are:
Some good points to pause for thought are:
Information from a blog post by Ali Hale
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If you have 600 'friends' on Facebook, be careful to remember who they all are, because you might get a surprise if your boss catches you out!!
Related link: How to Monitor Your Employees' Facebook Use
Bad-mouthing employers on Facebook, spending time on Facebook while at work, and sharing sensitive work-related information on Facebook are all areas of concern in the business world. This link suggests tips to employers for keeping track of their employees’ conversations on social networking sites, including Facebook.
WHEN Antony Dekort had two sick days around New Year's Eve he did not expect to be sacked. But after the barman's employer saw a photo on Facebook of Mr Dekort celebrating the new year he was promptly dismissed.
Not even a doctor's certificate which Mr Dekort obtained a few days later saved him from losing his job at Johns River Tavern, south of Port Macquarie.
(This and other Australian cases from The Sydney Morning Herald 2/11/10 - Facebook posting boasting led to sack )
Facebook is a great social networking site, but irresponsible use can cause a lot of pain and heartache for other people. Often teenagers don't think before they write comments, and then wonder about the reaction from the majority of adults who are offended by the comments.
Think before you post!!
Be aware of your audience and think about the consequences!
In February 2010 internet vandals posted pornographic images and comments on Facebook sites set up after the deaths of 12 year old Elliot Fletcher and 8 year old Trinity Bates.
Shortly after, a Facebook site was set up called 'If one million people sign up I'll give Daniel Morcombe back". The Morcombe family found this site to be offensive and distressing, even though it was probably only a thoughtless prank to begin with.
'Mrs Morcombe said she felt disgust and distress when she learned of the site mocking the family's heartbreaking ordeal since Daniel's disappearance on December 7, 2003. "They've even created a fake profile using Daniel's name and picture. It's very distressing that it's still up there," Mrs Morcombe said.
FACEBOOK “troll” Jessica Chantelle Cook was given a suspended jail sentence for posting offensive material (images of pornography and human remains) on a tribute page for murdered Sunshine Coast woman, Justine Jones.
2 August 2010 - Facebook troll Jessica Cook pleads guilty
4 June 2010 - Man charged for defacing Facebook tribute pages
Detective Superintendent Peter Crawford said there was a clear message
out of the arrest:
"You are not anonymous when online and you can and will be held responsible for your actions when they breach state or Commonwealth legislation."