For those of you who haven’t come across this as yet, Snapchat is an app that enables users to send pictures of themselves to other users, but which will only appear on the screen at the other end, so to speak, for a maximum of 15 seconds.
In this instance though, the girl who received the picture downloaded it from the app onto her phone within those 15 second and then forwarded it onto others. The girl in this scenario and one other person have also had crimes recorded against them.
Sadly, whilst these individuals have been quite severely punished for their moment of stupidity and hence why it has reached the media on this occasion, they are not alone and it is becoming an increasingly common phenomena for people to act before thinking whilst using social media. For these youngsters, this crime will remain on their records for 10-years and will follow them into adulthood and could potentially impact on their employment prospects.
It’s not just youngsters who are ‘seduced’ by the lure of social media. Who remembers Emma Wray? No, she’s not a celebrity but a [former] solicitor who made the headlines a couple of years ago when she tweeted that she had ‘knocked a cyclist off their bike whilst driving in her car’. It wasn’t something that she had actually done, but for some reason known only to her, she thought it would be funny to tweet this… Of course, she wasn’t laughing for long when she was dismissed from her job.
It is not an ‘urban myth’ that employers (or potential employers) will look into an individual’s social media profile and activity - that really does happen!! For some, it will form an integral part of their recruitment vetting process and they may engage a specialist agency to go into the various social media platforms and do the necessary digging around for them. What they find on there may not necessarily preclude a person from being employed, but it could be off-putting to them.
It doesn’t just stop with the recruitment process; many employers now have in place robust policies surrounding the use of social media. These policies not only deal with employees accessing the platforms during work time, but also enables employers to take action against employees who post inappropriate stuff on them outside of work…