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FOr the past 2 years I have taught at an inner city high school. Lots of gang activity, lots of real obstacles for the youth to overcome, many with a parent or two in prison, many whose only real meal of the day comes from the free lunch at school, many who have seen family members killed. A week or so ago one of the students I had last year told me she was having problems staying awake in school because of 2 nightmares she kept having : one in which someone murders her family at night. SOmething made me just ask if something like that had ever happened and she told me a few years ago her dad murdered her mother while she slept - she now lives with her grandparents.

So I am moving in a few weeks for residency. Some of the kids urged me to start a myspace, which I did. I have been online since about 1997. I have met people online and then met them in person. This is the first time I have known people in real life and then started to know them online.

These kids are pretty raw. I have heard of people in the corporate world getting fired because of myspace activity. How much should I fear that. My full name at myspace is my real name, and my screen name or whatever you call it is Dr.RealName. Any liklihood hospitals do myspace searches as part of their background search?
 

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FOr the past 2 years I have taught at an inner city high school. Lots of gang activity, lots of real obstacles for the youth to overcome, many with a parent or two in prison, many whose only real meal of the day comes from the free lunch at school, many who have seen family members killed. A week or so ago one of the students I had last year told me she was having problems staying awake in school because of 2 nightmares she kept having : one in which someone murders her family at night. SOmething made me just ask if something like that had ever happened and she told me a few years ago her dad murdered her mother while she slept - she now lives with her grandparents.

So I am moving in a few weeks for residency. Some of the kids urged me to start a myspace, which I did. I have been online since about 1997. I have met people online and then met them in person. This is the first time I have known people in real life and then started to know them online.

These kids are pretty raw. I have heard of people in the corporate world getting fired because of myspace activity. How much should I fear that. My full name at myspace is my real name, and my screen name or whatever you call it is Dr.RealName. Any liklihood hospitals do myspace searches as part of their background search?
Yes.

WTH would you use your real name?
 
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Yes.

WTH would you use your real name?
So I would be easier to find, and because I don't have anything to hide : I am not a child molestor, or dealing drugs, or gangbanging.

I have security set on private - so that my profile is only open to friends who know my last name etc. Could a hospital program look around my myspace if I did not approve them as friends?
 

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So I would be easier to find, and because I don't have anything to hide : I am not a child molestor, or dealing drugs, or gangbanging.

I have security set on private - so that my profile is only open to friends who know my last name etc. Could a hospital program look around my myspace if I did not approve them as friends?
You wouldn't know it was them.

Sounds paranoid, I know, but you fake a profile and get in.

That, and I hear that it's a cakewalk to hack a myspace.
 

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As long as it is private you are fine from the perspective of administrators looking at it. However, are you sure you want the liability of having underaged children posting inappropriate things upon your myspace page and being seen as the creepy adult who does so? One concerned parent could net you a ton of trouble, which would get back to your administrators.
 
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You wouldn't know it was them.

Sounds paranoid, I know, but you fake a profile and get in.

That, and I hear that it's a cakewalk to hack a myspace.
I appreciate your parnanoia. The dean of chemistry in my undergrad program use to often say "Paranoia is just an enlightened state of reality"

I have some understanding of hacking. I doubt it would hold water legally if they obtained information via hacking.

I am not sure how I would not know it was them. Security is set so that only friends can access my file, and so far I know every single person I have added. Unless they got a pic of someone I know at the school, created a phoney profile with legit information I would not add them.

I have already received a ton of friend requests from what are either bot or porn sites wanting to be added so they can send me advertising.
 

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I would only really be concerned if the info you have on your MySpace page had anything that could be construed as immoral or illegal. If it has pics be sure they are not in anyway sexy or seductive (or could be misinterpreted as such), and be careful of the language you use. Remember, pedophiles and perverts use MySpace too, and many for years before they are caught. If it's simply to keep in touch with family and friends I wouldn't be too concerned. Don't count on the "private" setting to keep undesireables out though.
 

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My home program checks on applicants on the internet.
 

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I would only really be concerned if the info you have on your MySpace page had anything that could be construed as immoral or illegal. If it has pics be sure they are not in anyway sexy or seductive (or could be misinterpreted as such), and be careful of the language you use. Remember, pedophiles and perverts use MySpace too, and many for years before they are caught. If it's simply to keep in touch with family and friends I wouldn't be too concerned. Don't count on the "private" setting to keep undesireables out though.
I hate myspace, but my sister loves it. I keep telling her to make sure her pics don't have me in them, I don't want to be associated with the way she displays herself. :(

LJ ftw, though. :D
 

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Veer toward the paranoid side. Many employers do Myspace/Facebook searches, so why not hospitals?

I would also try not to be doing a body shot in my default pic either.
 
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It would be fun if my program did a Google search on my name:p There is a woman with the same name as mine (same spelling and all, just different middle name) who was a college track star. Would have made for some interesting conversations. Needless to say they haven't looked, or realized she ain't me!
 

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I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned the other possibility...your patients finding your profile online. I know of a couple of psych residents who told stories of patients attempting to contact them through facebook or myspace. I dunno, for me that just crosses my boundaries of the type of professional relationship I'd like to have with my patients. :oops:

This very discussion is the reason I'm debating going into super-secret-stealth-mode on facebook. I had already "cleaned it up" last year in preparation for residency apps, just in case anyone went poking around.
 
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I did a google search of the email I used for the match and the residency program, everything prior to the @. I got one hit. It was a calendar for a place called something like candidpics. The place was ultra creepy - I like looking at girls but it was all these hidden camera shots of girls in bathrooms and junk. I looked at the calendar - it was the birthdays of people who had signed in. There was the email prefix (there was no @yahoo.com, or @gmail.com etc) and thought - how weird that someone would have the same user name as me, especially because the user name for that account is very unique.

THen I noticed the birthday. It was mine. WHAT!?!?! I tried to log in using a password I use for about 80% of my email accounts - since they are junk passwords on accounts I plan on closing eventually. And it logged me in. I really could not remember ever going to the place. It said my last log in was in 2005.

The only thing I can imagine is that a high school friend of mine or something must have sent me a link saying something like "Dude, you gotta check this out..." and I had to register to view what they were looking at.

But I am not sure how I would explain to the program why I am listed as a member there, when I seriously cannot ever remember going to the site before.

Dang
 

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I did a google search of the email I used for the match and the residency program, everything prior to the @. I got one hit. It was a calendar for a place called something like candidpics. The place was ultra creepy - I like looking at girls but it was all these hidden camera shots of girls in bathrooms and junk. I looked at the calendar - it was the birthdays of people who had signed in. There was the email prefix (there was no @yahoo.com, or @gmail.com etc) and thought - how weird that someone would have the same user name as me, especially because the user name for that account is very unique.

THen I noticed the birthday. It was mine. WHAT!?!?! I tried to log in using a password I use for about 80% of my email accounts - since they are junk passwords on accounts I plan on closing eventually. And it logged me in. I really could not remember ever going to the place. It said my last log in was in 2005.

The only thing I can imagine is that a high school friend of mine or something must have sent me a link saying something like "Dude, you gotta check this out..." and I had to register to view what they were looking at.

But I am not sure how I would explain to the program why I am listed as a member there, when I seriously cannot ever remember going to the site before.

Dang
There's probably a way to delete it.
 
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I tried to delete it. Then I tried to just change the user name. So finally I contacted the website owners and asked them to delete it. Which they did. But the cookie or something is still there - when you google that email name the calendar shows up still - minus my name. But on google it lists my user name with the site still.
 

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I tried to delete it. Then I tried to just change the user name. So finally I contacted the website owners and asked them to delete it. Which they did. But the cookie or something is still there - when you google that email name the calendar shows up still - minus my name. But on google it lists my user name with the site still.
Google has to reset its webcrawling... I'm not sure how long it takes. You can try emailing them?