Educating Students on Social Media

Educating Students on Social Media: Denby High School, Detroit, MI

In a world increasingly dominated by social media, it is vital to educate students about the importance of maintaining a professional online presence.

Reputations are made and ruined so quickly online, that proper usage of your social channels could be the difference between receiving a scholarship or missing out on an opportunity entirely.

On Friday, December 2, 2016,  Julie Fisher, the founder of  Detroit-based tech company, The Social U, spoke with Detroit’s Denby High School Football Team about digital etiquette and the need to protect your online reputation.

Refraining from posting inappropriate or troublesome content is especially critical for students seeking college admission &/or athletes hoping to be recruited by top college teams. One bad post could mean rejection.

“I talk to my kids about social media all the time,” said Denby Head Coach, Tony Blankenship, indicating that the team has dealt with issues regarding improper social media activity in the past. “It’s not only for scholarships, [they’re] looking for jobs too. It’s difficult for teenagers to handle that kind of responsibility.”

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However, because social media is such a prevalent force in our society, everyone that uses it is bound to slip up at some point. This is the inspiration behind The Social U, a company that helps users identify and correct problematic posts in order to keep their online reputation intact.

At the end of the lecture, all Denby players received free access to The Social U services, giving them the chance to analyze their own social media channels and make corrections accordingly.

“Social media is a powerful thing and students need to understand that when they hit “send” or “post”, what they’re really doing is giving up control of the content they are choosing to share on social media,” said Fisher, “The Social U is not about banning teens from social media all together because that can also have a negative impact on students’ opportunities. Instead, our goal is to teach our kids how to use it safely and appropriately so their social interactions online enhance their lives and don’t lead to future problems.”