Take a look at a recent interview Julie did with Dr. Linda Sircus on Bloomfield Community Television about The Resiliency Puzzle and why learning about resilience is so important.Read More
We Need to Talk (jhelp Detroit: a youth mental health initiative)
Snapchat's Allure: Managed Risk
There is barely a teen or Millenial that isn't on Snapchat.
It's where young people spend their time, meet and share images and videos of themselves with friends. Not only is everybody using it, but there is a feeling among many users that it's "safer" to use than other social media networks since Snaps "disappear" after a user views it and then closes the Snap and Stories "disappear" after 24 hours.Read More
Can You Find a Way to Say "YES"?
Your 10 year old child asks “can I have an Instagram account?” and for most parents, their first inclination is to say “no, not yet”. While as parents we need to be aware and vigilant about our kids’ digital footprints, we also need to understand that joining social networks today for tweens and teens is akin to hanging out at the mall or on the playground 30 years ago. It’s where the kids are and it’s where kids socialize, whether we like it or not.Read More
It is VERY DIFFICULT to explain to young people why it's NOT okay for them to bully or lie online when the person who holds the highest office in the land does just that and doesn't seem to have to pay any consequences for his actions. I've heard time and time again, "Why can the President tweet things like that and not get in trouble but I do?".Read More
I don’t know about you but I think I may need an intervention.
I often put down my phone with the express intention of working on/doing something that doesn’t involve me using my phone at all and then, usually without realizing I’m picking it up, the phone is in my hand and I’m scrolling through social media or playing a game on the device while I was supposed to be focusing on something else.Read More
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
It's Almost Promposal Season. Brace Yourselves.
If you aren't a teenager (or the parent of a teenager) then you probably haven't heard about promposals. Now that spring is in the air, promposals are all over social media. It's not enough today to just ask a date to prom, a prom invitation has to be inventive, attention-getting, and worthy of posting on social media. Visa conducted a survey and found that on average, promposals cost $324 which is about a third of the total average cost of $919 spent on prom in 2015.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
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
Can You Get In Trouble at School for Posting On Social Media?
Can you ever be disciplined at school for something you say on social media off-campus and outside of school hours? The short answer to this question is sometimes. When it comes to school discipline, online behavior creates some gray areas.Read More
When Your Social Media Makes a College Say OMG
By: Neal Rubin, The Detroit News 11:36 p.m. EDT October 10, 2016
The word “b----” is a minor infraction — only a 1 on a 10-point scale, and zero if you’re referring to a poodle.
The Social U software red-flags it anyway, because you never know who’s peering at your Facebook page. Your mom probably wouldn’t flinch, but a college admissions officer?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
To Spy or Not to Spy?
I am the founder of a tech company (The Social U) that specializes in scanning and scoring social media accounts for students to ensure that what they post online doesn’t prevent them from getting an internship, a job, a scholarship or into college. We also educate young people on various issues concerning cyber-safety and online etiquette.Read More
Tips for Talking About Social Media With Kids
Talking to your kids about social media isn't as easy it might seem. Below are 5 tips to help you talk to your kids about social media so that they learn to use it properly.
- Start early
- Don’t make it an inquisition
- Show them examples of social media “don’ts”
- Use statistics to your advantage
- Keep it simple and short
I’ve heard many parents tell their kids (myself included) “don’t post anything inappropriate online”. We say this phrase and think we are being good/responsible parents – that we are doing our job when it comes to talking to our kids about being responsible on social media.Read More
A junior at the University of Nebraska, Omaha says she was forced out of her sorority because of a photo she posted on Tinder, a social media app commonly used to meet people &/or "hook up". The photo she posted on the site eight months ago (in August) was of her and two sorority sisters wearing their sorority's letters. She got called into a meeting last week to discuss the photo which was referred to in the meeting as provocative and risque and was told that it violated the sorority's "Policy on Human Dignity" .Read More