How would you feel, after being accepted to a college or university, if one of the requirements for enrollment of any full- or part-time student was to provide the admissions office with your Facebook user ID and password? What if a potential employer made you a great job offer with your employment contingent on providing them with the same information?
If you’re feeling like such tactics are a form of repression or coercion then you’ve already lost the battle and will be ill-equipped to function in an evolving future. After all, no one is forcing you to go to college or to even get a job. Perhaps there will be some schools that won’t have this requirement, or even an employer here and there that will buck the trend, but they’ll be disreputable, and if you have any good sense at all and value your reputation you’ll want nothing to do with them anyway.
Sound implausible? You say you’ll never bend to such demands? We say you will, whether you like it or not, and will eventually see the freedoms this will bring about in your private life.
Why would a college require your Facebook password and ID?
There are a number of reasons for a college or university to want this information, particularly if it’s a private school, but topping the list is stopping criminal activity before it happens.
Today’s secondary schools are filled with bullies, drug dealers, rapists, scammers, bookies, and cheaters. Some are staff and faculty, but most are students, students looking to take advantage of other students in any conceivable manner.
If a bright-eyed, naïve kid just off the farm comes to a big college or university on the coast, how do you think they can protect themself against a hipster who grew up learning how to rob, cheat, and steal in the big city? In short, they can’t. They’re already a target and don’t even know it.
Much of the criminal activity that takes place on college campuses today happens through Facebook private messages. The campus drug dealer is helping his addicts score their weed, meth, and Oxy through private messages. The grad-school hustler with all the test answers is selling them in the same manner, and the senior jocks who intend to have their way, no matter what, with the freshman sorority pledges are setting up these eventual tragedies by “friending” these girls through Facebook.
College administrators have grown weary of enraged students shooting up their campuses, creating public-relations nightmares for them, aired nonstop on Fox News. These same administrators are also fed up with cheating scandals, campus rapes, suicides as a result of bullying, and gambling rings that entice college athletes to cheat by shaving points. These events cost schools millions of dollars in damages, fundraising, and booster club memberships.
More administrators genuinely feel that requiring students to provide their Facebook IDs and passwords, and notifying them any time they’re changed, is a great way to combat all of this non-learning, extracurricular criminal activity so prevalent on today’s campuses.
They also view this as a way for students to free themselves of the temptation to be involved in these types of activities.
So many young kids today are so impressionable, impulsive, and so very willing to jump off the deep-end now that they’re away from the prying eyes of their parents. University administrators know this, and consider this move their genuine attempt to help free student from the temptations of planning and carrying out some heinous campus crime formulated through Facebook private messages. Instead, administrators and guidance counselors see this as empowering students to become the best possible students and citizens possible.
It’s your choice, really. Graduate summa cum laude because you’re willing to offer up your Facebook ID and password, or face the possibility of spending the rest of your life in prison because you got caught up in trying to become one of a growing breed of “cool” campus criminals.
Corporations are starting to play by a new set of rules
One of the ongoing battles corporations have with employees is one of loyalty. Whether it’s trash-talking a supervisor, bad-mouthing a particular corporate policy, or prematurely divulging information about an unreleased product, corporate executive are right to be suspicious.
Corporate sabotage and espionage are as real today as they’ve ever been. Historically, employees who felt like they were smarter than corporate security specialists tried all manner and method of giving away corporate secrets. As if a company isn’t monitoring its corporate email or creating computer logs anytime something is downloaded. Many companies even keep track of every document that is printed or photocopied.
The enterprising corporate saboteur has come to understand the corporate computing environment is a hostile place for them and their motives. More of these corporate traitors, and sometimes national traitors, are taking their illicit activities to the Internet.
Facebook instant messaging and private messages have proven to be relatively effective ways of communicating without a lot of corporate big brother watching. Not only are more current employers asking for Facebook login and password information, for a lot of reasons we see as obvious and reasonable, but more prospective employers of jobseekers are also asking for similar information.
Getting a job today can mean sacrificing information you might think is private
For many valid reasons, prospective employers of many job applicants are making job offers contingent on forking over Facebook information.
Prospective employers want to know what lurks in the lives of their employees outside of work. Are you a cross-dresser on the weekends? Are all of your Facebook friends young children? Do you belong to several private groups who illegally poach animals? Are you an environmental terrorist? Are you the kind of employee who works just long enough to be able to once again draw unemployment benefits?
Your potential new employer wants to know, and frankly we applaud them. This is just a short list of questions that potential employers want answers to in order to make sure they are hiring upstanding citizens. In this economy jobs are at a premium, which means employers don’t have to settle for rabble. If you have something to hide, and you’re unemployed and looking, you’d be wise to either cleanup your Facebook page, or better, just delete the whole thing entirely. Either way, it’s likely your only shot at employment if your character is even the least bit questionable.
The landscape of college and the culture of corporations are changing. It is the willing student and corporate loyalist who will succeed in this new era of personal freedoms delivered to you through methods designed to remove the temptations that so many well-meaning people have fallen for time and again, year after year.
Author Bio:- While Tim and CableTV.com don’t agree school’s need your Facebook password, you can see why it could be useful, can’t you? I would love to hear your comments. You can follow me on Twitter. @TimlCooley