College Admissions as a Competitive Sport
Children (and their parents) today start thinking about college at increasingly early ages.
It used to be that discussions about college didn’t come up (besides those related to college sports) until high school and then often not until the 10th or 11th grade. Today, I hear parents and students talking about college in upper elementary school and certainly in middle school.Read More
Political Posts Can Spell Trouble for Your Future
Doesn’t it seem like everyone has an opinion about this past election and what a Trump presidency means for the future of our country? Perhaps the reason it seems like everyone has an opinion is because you can’t log into social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc. without seeing tons of posts pertaining to the U.S. political system and the recent election.Read More
Social Media and College Admissions
In August, 2016, The Social U finished conducting an online survey of college admissions officers regarding how (and if) they use social media during the admissions process.Read More
Just Because Your College Applications are Done Doesn’t Mean You Can Post Whatever You Want Online
The regular decision college application due dates are fast-approaching and with most high school seniors either finishing up their final applications or relaxing a bit because they’ve gotten all their applications submitted, many students start to relax when it comes to posting online.Read More
Social Media Can Help You...
I spend most of my time talking to kids about how to fix mistakes on their social media pages and how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. What sometimes gets lost during this discussion is how social media can actually HELP teens get into college or get an internship or job so, I wanted to take the opportunity to focus on the positive side of social media in the process. How can you use social media to help you achieve your goals?Read More
The Inside Scoop on College Admissions
I had the enviable opportunity recently to meet with a group of admissions officers from 10 different colleges and universities to talk about the college admissions process in the digital age.Read More
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.Read More
Clean Up Your Act on Social Media Before Looking for a Job or Applying to College
Parents of teenagers and young adults know they have a lot of pressures surrounding college applications, workplace interviews and internships. One more thing too important to overlook is the proper management of their social media sites and the digital footprint they are creating on forums like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.Read More
Fox 2: Jalen Rose Leadership Academy & The Social U
(WJBK) - A new program at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit is drawing rave reviews for helping kids of the 21st Century.
It's called The Social U and it provides students with what developers call their "social media GPA."Read More
Does online privacy exist?
The Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC’s email scandal is just the latest in a constant string of public missteps involving emails, posts and texts sent or shared online, not originally intended for public consumption, that became public and led to scandal. She, like most people who use email, likely assumed her email wouldn't be shared with the world. She, of course was wrong and now she and the Democratic Party are now dealing with fallout from the reality that online privacy doesn't really exist .Read More
My Social Media Rules for Tweens and Teens
I recently spoke to 5,000-plus middle and high school students from a single school district about their digital footprint and how it can affect their future goals. I was struck by the number of students that stayed after the presentations to talk to me about their perception of fairness related to their ability to freely express themselves online.Read More
Don't Let Social Media Hurt Your College or Career Start
OCT 18, 2015
Chris Teare , CONTRIBUTOR: I write about education, especially the college application process.
When I was a college counselor, at least once a semester we would take a day to examine and cleanse students’ social media accounts of posts that could end everything with colleges or employers. Admissions officers and potential bosses may not look at candidates’ Instagram, and other accounts all the time; however, if they scan and find something they don’t want in their 24/7 September-to-May residential community or their workforce, all your academic and extracurricular efforts are burnt toast. You’re done.Read More
Don't Let Your Online Presence Ruin Your Future
Before social media and the internet became commonplace, it was generally thought that celebrities, musicians and prominent figures were the only ones who needed to protect their image and public perception. However, with billions of people from around the world creating accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, privacy is no longer what it once seemed.Read More
Social Media's Impact: Infographic from The Social U
Since the lost days of HotOrNot, FaceTheJury and MySpace, social media has dominated the Internet and the way we connect today. Long gone are the days of sending snail mail and calling a friend on the phone just to see how they are. Today, more than 71% of teens admit to using more than one social network such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Read More
The Ruling & What It Means for Kids
On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in a case that involved threats made on social media.
Elonis, v. United States involved a Pennsylvania man who posted on social media that he wanted to slit the throat of his estranged wife and was convicted of a crime under a federal law making it illegal to transmit a threat in federal commerce. The defendant argued he did not intend to threaten anyone and was merely exercising his free speech rights on Facebook. Ultimately, without addressing the question of free speech directly, the Supreme Court ruled that someone could not be convicted of a crime for posting online threats, even if a “reasonable person” regarded the posts as threats, unless there was proof that the writer him/herself actually intended the words as a threat.Read More