My parents always emphasized to me that I have to be extremely careful with what I choose to post on the Internet for everyone to see. Even though all of my social media accounts are private, there is no guarantee that a post won’t get out there for the public to see. The Internet is a dangerous place and people are always searching to find negative things about people, especially when looking and applying to college and jobs.
“Delete that picture right now because you might miss out on a college acceptance or a job offer if the wrong person sees it and interprets it in their own way,” my dad would tell me as he scrolled through my Facebook page. An article I read this past week on The New York Times called “After Storm Over Tweets, The Times and a New Hire Part Ways,” talked about a woman who had her job offer rescinded by the news source.
Quinn Norton has a history of derogatory language on social media, specifically Twitter, and her friendship with a publicly known anti-semite. The article mentions how she has posted Tweets talking down on gay people and making racial comments. The New York Times, rightfully, did not want to be seen working with such a person, so they let Norton go after unravelling all of her demeaning posts. They knew the public would not respond well to someone like Norton writing for one of the world’s most read papers/sites.
Quinn Norton is a prime example of why all children should listen to their parents when told to watch what they post on social media at all times. You never know who is looking for you and what could wind up on the public feed by accident. After all, the Internet is known for hackers.