by Kiran Purewal | 29 October 2014
For anyone who has a Twitter or Facebook account, the term 'sharenting' may not instantly ring a bell. Nevertheless, I'm confident the explanation will definitely be familiar, although your viewpoint on it may vary.
The term refers to parents who share pictures and stories of their children on social media sites to an excessive degree. This topic is quite contentious and divides people into those who defend their right to display their treasured family members with pride and those who rage against this unsolicited intrusion of 'oversharing'.
Although social media platforms were initially invented for the exact purpose of being 'social' and a way for users to interact freely and without judgement, it is undeniable that today, social media is a powerful tool and influence in the professional world.
With this in mind, it is important to consider what you are posting on Facebook, what others are posting about you on Facebook, and the same with Twitter etc. There have been several instances where an individual has posted a status or tweeted, and this has got them into hot water at work, or even resulted in the termination of their employment. For instance, an recent piece I read about an air stewardess being fired for speaking negatively about their airline online, a waitress bad mouthing customers who left a bad tip, even a soldier who wrote on Facebook that he was unimpressed with Kate Middleton (and some other comments also!). Needless to say, it is not a good idea to voice opinions or overshare on these platforms.
Within recruitment, it is not unusual for a recruiter or a client to google candidates, and the majority of the time, the first place that their name will appear at the top of a search engine is on Facebook and Twitter. Therefore it is extremely important to consider what you are posting and writing, and how that can be perceived. I would advise also putting a restriction on your Facebook that means that before any photos you are tagged in appear on your profile, you have to approve them first! This, coupled with common sense, should mean that you don't land yourself in hot water!
Are you guilty of sharing too much on social media? Are you pro 'sharenting'? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.