Remember when you were a kid and some neighbor was pouring a new concrete driveway, or the city was putting in some new sidewalks and what would happen next? Yea, you can admit it: the temptation to go write your name in the wet cement overcame you and you grabbed the nearest stick and went to work creating something beautiful and yes, permanent.
There is a growing societal change that is taking place in our world. Years ago, if you were caught stealing candy, breaking street lights, or teepeeing someone’s trees, you may be in trouble at the time, but you sure didn’t have to worry about potential employers doing a background search and discovering that you had participated in these acts.
I wonder how good a job we adults are doing at making sure young people understand that what they put onto Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace is something that may resurface twenty years from now, when they’re trying to land that next great job. And maybe even if we tried, they wouldn’t listen. We are all aware of some of the even dangerous activities taking place like “sexting.”
According to The Benenson Strategy Group’s latest research results, parents have a long ways to go toward truly understanding their children’s on-line behaviors. Their interesting study results can be found at:
What do you think we as a society should do with this new found information? If you thought it was hard to run for political office now days, just think how easy it’s going to be to find those closet skeletons in years to come. It won’t work to say, “I smoked but did not inhale,” because it will be on video somewhere.
Do you think in the future that these “youthful indiscretions” will be written off as just what they are? Will it be possible for our society to sustain the strict rules of former conduct that we have in place today? Is the permanence of social networks and the information they contain something we can learn to forgive?
I’d love to know your thoughts.