MySpace the #1 issue facing summer camps?
The New York Times had an amusing article today about the impact of MySpace on Summer Camp. Apparently, summer camps are having a huge problem with campers and counsellor posting about their summer camps in MySpace, FaceBook and other sorts of social networking or blogging websites, and then also posting about drinking,drugs, sex or other things that the camps, the parents and the insurers aren't pleased about having associated with the camp. Camp directors are now searching MySpace accounts to see what their potential counsellors have posted. Camps are also banning digital cameras, so that campers don't post pictures of the camp on their websites. And camps seemed worried about safety, as they don't want sexual predators coming to camps because of these postings (but I think this is a more of a stretch).
One quote from the article:
Camps say they are increasingly concerned about being identified in photographs or comments on these sites, even innocuously. They worry about online predators tracking children to camp and about their image being tarnished by inappropriate Internet juxtapositions — a mention, say, of the camp on a site that also has crude language or sexually suggestive pictures. This is probably the No. 1 issue facing all camp programs," said Norman E. Friedman, a partner at AMSkier Insurance, a major camp insurer.