Video Warns of Online Dangers for Young Jobseekers
Monday, 9th September 2013 at 10:46 am
A short film on the perils of social media, created by brother and sister duo Samantha and Shane Asbury, is now being featured in a cyber safety campaign and includes a timely warning for young jobseekers.
The video is being released as part of the Victorian Government’s It’s There For Life campaign and follows increasing reports from young people that posts and images on social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter have resulted in them missing out on jobs, being bullied and stalked or even breaking the law.
The Victorian Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said the film creatively captured the issues around online posting.
“The Coalition Government is taking action to help young people protect their privacy and their reputation and the film is a great reminder of why it’s important to think twice before uploading photos or posting online,” Smith said.
“We want young Victorians to have the best start, but if you've posted something inappropriate online there’s a chance a prospective employer may have found the post and made a judgement before they’ve even met you.”
“With many more employers and recruitment agencies scanning online posts of potential candidates the video is part of a broader Coalition Government campaign letting young people know that whenever you post or share something online, it really is there for life.”
Samantha Asbury said the video was a useful tool in teaching young people about the possible consequences of using social media.
“As secondary school teachers, both Shane and I know that all kids, from Year 1 to 12, have grown up with technology all around them and easy access to computers, tablets and smart phones,” Ms Asbury said.
“But we also realise young people don’t always understand that when they post something online, or when their friends do, it might have consequences down the track. You can’t take it back.”
To view the video and for more information about It’s There For Life, visit