Dangers of the Internet

In my Introduction to History class I have been trying to stress to my class the dangers of the Internet – such as facebook pictures, twitter posts, emails, etc. They seemed to think I was overreacting, but a series of recent news articles support my concerns. “Digital dirt can haunt your job search” talks about the way employers now use the Internet to conduct background research on prospective employees.

  • “In 2009, 45 percent of employers used social networking sites to research candidates, according to a CareerBuilder survey, a 23 percent increase from last year.”

Another article “Lawsuit Over Anonymous Online Comments Is Settled” shows that online postings, even when they are supposedly autonomous, are potentially dangerous and unsafe. I have been collecting these articles since I am teaching another class on Digital History next semester and it will be interesting to see how that class reacts to this topic.

RSM

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