There’s no doubt you’re on Facebook, possibly Twitter and by a small chance Google+, possibly even Bebo or MySpace if you’re that nostalgic. Trouble is the camp directors know this and they could be typing your name in online right now to dig up what they can on the new camp counselors social media pages.
Wildpacks say: “If you have pictures or content on there that is not suitable for a seven year old to see, get rid of it. Last season, 23 folk lost their positions even before the summer started because they forgot they had just become a role model for children and posted pictures of them falling out of their student union bar.”
There’s every chance they’re not doing this, but just in case, you need to clean up your social networks to avoid being fired from camp before you’ve even started. Camp America and AmeriCamp have both put out warnings about being careful what you post and you need to make sure your profiles are fit for public observation…
5 steps to cleaning up your online profiles
- Make sure your privacy settings are as high as they’ll go.
- Have a nice, smiling profile picture, as in delete that one of you skulling back a giraffe of lager.
- Check your Twitter profile and make sure its PG rated, or U preferably. Talking to a few of you on Twitter I can’t believe what some of you have in this space!
- Before accepting new camp friends think about the fact that your new employer, the kids or their parents will without a doubt try and find you online before, during and after camp and adjust what they can see accordingly.
- Go through your Facebook timeline with a fine tooth comb and delete anything anyone could find offensive. Also google yourself to check what comes up: make sure you check the image section too!
After camp think carefully about agreeing to be friends with campers and counselors. Do you really want them to see everything you get up to, especially if you’re planning on going back the following year? Remember that in this social media world someone will always be watching you…