How will you be remembered?

Second post for the day, as I play catch-up. And I’m going to pick up from my post earlier today.

How would you like to be remembered, after you are gone?

Having seen opinion on Ms Gillard’s first year as Prime Minister represented as word cloud, again – no. That is not how I would like to be remembered. I don’t necessarily trust that the people polled are a true representation – but this word cloud will shape perceptions in the future.

I have recently had discussions with both Kids 1 & 2 about the appropriate use of social networking. This is a frequently visited topic. Not because they are abusing it in anyway, but because they are burgeoning content creators and need to understand the short- and long-term impact of whatever they put ‘out there’. Kid1 (14yo) is a bit over my discussions [read ‘I know that Mum’], but for Kid2 (11yo) it’s all starting to click.

Along with my rants on ‘only be friends online with REAL people – you must know them first’, is ‘think twice before commenting’. “Just because your ‘friends’ post stupidly on FB, doesn’t mean you should”.

This is the modern version of  ‘if your friends jumped off a bridge…..’

We all know the urban myths of Facebook failures, which generally are not clean enough to describe to children. However, recently Mia Freedman wrote about making judgements on the character of job applicants based on social media profiles. As both my two kids have expressed interest in future part-time employment in late high school ($$$ a great motivation), I flagged that if I was hiring at Woolies (or anywhere) I would be ruling out applicants initially based on social media stupidity.

Connecting the dots between $$$ and social media correctness seems to have hit home.

As a part of this, I will mention that every now and again I ‘google’ myself – out of interest to see how I am portrayed online. It can be an interesting exercise.