Employers Could be Watching What You Do Online

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<p><b>New York &mdash; Feb. 9</b><br />Human resources professionals around the world can monitor what current and potential employees are doing and have done online. </p><p>According to the New Media Institute (NMI), both children and adults need to realize that what they do online could affect their future.<br /><br />&ldquo;What you post online is fair game for potential employers and university admissions representatives. With the rise in popularity of social networking sites, people simply need to be educated,&rdquo; said John Spagnuolo, NMI president. </p><p><br />More than half (55 percent) of all U.S. youths 12 to 17 who are online use online social networking sites such MySpace or FaceBook, according to a recent national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet &amp; American Life Project.<br /><br />&ldquo;What is terrifying is that what you post online is posted with indelible ink,&quot; Spagnuolo said. &quot;Even if you delete your profile or Web site, a record may still exist and can be searched.&rdquo;</p><p>NMI offers the follwing tips: </p><ul><li>Never post anything online that you don&rsquo;t want the entire world to see.</li><li>Refrain from posting your full name.</li><li>Never mention your employer in any nonprofessional profile. Many companies hire services that monitor the Web for their company name.</li></ul></p>

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