I am a Sessional Youth Worker. I have recently completed my Undergraduate Honours Degree in Computer Science. I intend to go on to study a Postgraduate in Secondary Education after gaining some experience in the IT Industry. My question is this: My colleagues, the children I work with, and even their parents have been attempting to add me on Facebook, following me on Twitter and commenting on my Flickr stream. I do not accept requests from children or parents. This seemed the best policy to avoid any scrutiny. However, a recurring situation arises. The situation being that I am questioned as to why i have not connected with these people on the internet. I have had children shun my instructions (sometimes with regard to safety) requiring me to take a firm stance - just because I am "boring" for not accepting their requests or becoming friends with them online. I am male. This only seemed significant on one day where I was compared to a female colleague by a child. The child stated that the female colleague had accepted all their friend requests, and frequently sends them messages, photos and videos (of humour) online. The children have been taking 'revenge' by quoting extracts from these interactions in order to try and make me feel 'left out' for not being connected to their online activities. I thought that not getting involved with children online would be the most professional stance. Has the world gone mad? Another problem I had recently was a parent asking if I had any luck finding a full-time IT Job lately. When I said no, he said he would add me on Facebook to keep me posted about any vacancies he hears about. I was worried that any content on my pages may be misinterpreted, hence I have still not accepted his request. What do you think?