Although there have been some reports of employers asking for Facebook and other social networking information — usernames and passwords — the prying eyes of social networking monitoring seems to be much higher among universities.
The one employer who asked for social network usernames reported by the Red Tape Chronicles was for a clerical job at a police department, and although I would agree we should be more cautious about police department hires, asking for passwords to personal accounts seems over the line.
As for the universities, they’ve taken a little different of an approach, as their monitoring seems to lean more towards the student athletes.
Here’s how they do it:
“Each team must identify at least one coach or administrator who is responsible for having access to and regularly monitoring the content of team members’ social networking sites and postings,” it reads. “The athletics department also reserves the right to have other staff members monitor athletes’ posts.”
Although these students aren’t handing over passwords, they are required to have an official ”friend” who can view “friends-only” status updates, posts, etc …
Most of these schools justify it by saying they are protecting their reputation, what do you think?
What about your local church, mega church or multi-million dollar ministry?
Have you heard or experienced this type of social media policy?
Online Life / Offline Life
It would seem as though these institutions are trying to get a leg-up on PR nightmares. Social media activity didn’t exist ten years ago, so how was character determined, then?
I do believe your online and offline life shouldn’t be too far apart and that solid character lends to a “nothing to hide” kind of attitude, but that doesn’t mean I should give up my password.
What do you think about this?
If your church doesn’t have a social media policy (one that doesn’t ask for someones password), consider putting one together. Here’s a great place to start.
[Image via Nathan O'Nions]