Hey, Let’s Creep on Them!

Hey, Let’s Creep on Them!

If you’ve never said you’re going to creep on someone, kudos to you. I will be the first person to admit that I have crept on individuals that I don’t know, I mean how else will I know whether or not my best friends new boyfriend is good enough. I am what you would call a cybersleuth, (I mean it sounds better than a creeper) Cybersleuthing is defined as

A person who does any kind of detective work using the internet.

Now when I creep cybersleuth, I usually do it in the private of my home or with close friends you know so nobody knows how weird I am (and that’s out the window now) because it’s weird being around someone when they creep on you. I know. From experience. Ms.  Shalayne McDermit asked at the end of her post Cybersleuthing if anyone has ever experienced it. So instead of posting a really long comment, let me tell you a story.

During internship, I was coaching rookie girls volleyball. The girls I was coaching were also my students that I was teaching so they got to know me inside and outside the classroom. I would like to think I was professional during both times (definitely dressed down during volleyball but nothing extreme) We were coming home from districts which was held in Lampman late one night and, of course, the four girls that were in the same vehicle as me were being like grades 8.  All of them were on their phones (I pretty sure they were SnapChatting back and forth) taking pictures, sending texts to their teammates in other vehicles. You know typical stuff.

At one point I take out my phone because they “needed” to know how many SnapChat trophies I had (5 by the way) what I didn’t realize is that you have to swipe down exposing my SnapCode. If you use SnapChat you know that you can add friends by scanning their SnapCode (if you don’t know how to check it out here) So as I go to check my trophies one of the girls had her phone over my shoulder (without me knowing) ready to scan my SnapCode. THANKFULLY, I soon realized what was going to happen and closed my app.  But what I didn’t expect was “let’s google Ms. Nyhus!”

THEY. FOUND. EVERYTHING.

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I am so unbelievably happy that I have been lectured repeatedly by my parents and professors that I need to be careful about what I put online. I mean not everyone does. Check out 9 suspected criminals who got themselves caught via social media. I did find out that my Tumblr and Twitter were connected, which I didn’t really want so that was good. They found my blog  which resulted in;

“Ms. Nyhus, you have a blog?!”
“Yes, it was for class.”
“I’m going to read it.”
“Okay find out all the interesting things I do.”
“Never mind, it doesn’t look that fun…” I would like to say that my blog has improved a lot since that November night.

I also believe that when they searched Google Images they found a picture of a girl in lingerie, but it wasn’t me I swear. Googling my own name I am so happy to find that my blog and Twitter account are my first websites that show up, which I consider being my most professional accounts. My Facebook isn’t even on the first page (YAY! because who goes past page 1 on google) and I never did find a link to my Instagram (double YAY!) But that didn’t stop my students, I had multiple requests to follow me on Instagram, which was followed up with a “not until you graduate”.  How they found me? I am not quite sure but I think it was, if you can follow, they had a friend whose older sibling was friend with my longer sister who follows me. Whew!

I mean these 12-year-olds have almost as good detective skills as Katia Hildebrandt does. Almost. I am still unbelievably impressed by Katia in The Curious Case of Srkj Rife, “Victim”-Turned-Harasser.  The amount of information she found within an hour is crazy. The power of the internet is insane.

This kind of reminds me of the TV show Person of Interest. If you haven’t heard of it before, I would recommend going and watching it. Basically, it is about a computer that is watching your every move. It spits out relevant and irrelevant numbers (SIN numbers), the relevant go to the government and basically, it says that person is probably going to commit a terrorist attack. The irrelevant numbers are thrown away as they are either a victim or perpetrator of a violent crime until Harold Finch takes control and with the help from John Reese, they help stop criminals or save victims. Finch’s cybersluething would, sorry to say, put Katia’s stalking to shame. If you were comparing. Check out the opening sequence below.

Victim or perpretrator, if your numbers up we’ll find you.

Thoughts? Have you ever crept on someone before? Have you ever been crept on that you know of? Do you think jobs/businesses do it more often than not? As teachers why do you think we have to be so careful? Are we more careful than other professions? Why or why not?

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4 thoughts on “Hey, Let’s Creep on Them!

  1. This post made me laugh. Nicely done! You use tone and images very effectively, and you’ve done a nice job of linking to important articles/posts that provide the necessary context. You do have a few typos – watch out for that!

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    1. AHHHH! Those darn typos. I’ll try and fix them up right away. Thanks for the heads up and feedback I really appreciate the comment!

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  2. This was an excellent read! I am guilty of creeping haha! I think that some might be surprised to find out that a vast majority of employers will creep you on the internet. I mean who wouldn’t with one little click of a button you can sure dive into the life your “victim” has been living.
    As teachers I think it is so important that we are exceptionally careful because children are very touchy subject. Being a mother you only want to best kinds of people around your children; the ones that are going to set good examples and be positive role models. Children’s parents can be one of the harshest critics since they are just like a mother bear protecting her cubs. So when you post something on social media that may be considered inappropriate to a number of parents you have to deal with them getting furious. I mean if a teacher posted a picture of themselves passed out drunk on the weekend and is now teaching their child; you’re going to have issues.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I definitely agree that when working with children we have to be very careful because families are putting their children into potentially a strangers hand. What would you consider to inappropriate for a teacher to post? Obviously passed out drunk is on of them but what about a casual drink on the weekends? Some parents may have weekend drinks and post getting together so why shouldn’t teachers? As well what about nurses and doctors? I have friends who are in nursing school and I think the emphasis of watching what you upload is why stronger in the ED program then it is in nursing. But that’s just what I have heard, it may not be true! If a teacher and nurse both posted having a drink, do you think society would be upset more over one than the other or would they be equally upsetting?

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