Students Scared of What They Post Online
So called Generation Y individuals have a reputation as being incredibly comfortable using social media and sharing their lives online. New research however suggests that this is not the case.
New research by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found that nearly half of students surveyed are concerned that information they share on social media might negatively impact their job prospects.
As many as four in ten young people are worried that the information they share via Facbook and Twitter will prevent them from getting a job.
Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, said: “In tough times, young people are clearly less relaxed about privacy, particularly in relation to information that they post online - but many may not know what they can do about it."
The study comes after Acas published guidance for employers regarding social media and its use by workers.
In the guidance, employers are warned of the risks associated with keeping track of current and prospective employees through social media platforms.
John Taylor, Acas’s chief executive, has advised bosses to be cautious about reprimanding employees for comments they make on social networking websites.
He said: “If an employer is too tough, they need to consider the potential impact of any negative publicity. Heavy-handed monitoring can cause bad feeling and be time consuming.
"A manager wouldn't follow an employee down the pub to check on what he or she said to friends about their day at work. Just because they can do something like this online, doesn't mean they should."
A recent Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) report found that employers are worried about the damage platforms such as Facebook and Twitter could cause.