We Need to Talk (jhelp Detroit: a youth mental health initiative)
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
Detroit startup grades social media for job-seekers
March 26, 2017 10:22 pm
In a social media-dominated world, new tools are being created to help combat how future employers perceive you based off of your posts. The Social U targets students looking at colleges and jobs and helps them identify potential problematic photos and text.
Julie Fisher founded the Detroit-based startup after she spent a majority of her time in education. She began to notice that parents were afraid of the internet and what their children were posting because they didn’t grow up in the same technological environment.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
ollege Seniors, It's Time to Start Cleaning Your Profile
There’s an old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” that parents teach their children when they’re young. It’s a good message and something we should all strive to live by. Unfortunately, in the digital age, especially when it comes time to look for an internship or a job, that great piece of advice is rarely followed by employers who scour social media to find out all they can about potential employees - especially recent graduates. So, college seniors, listen up!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
Clean Up Your Social Media Prior to Applying for Jobs and Internships
Like it or not, when you apply for a job or an internship, there’s a better than average chance that someone in HR will check out your online profiles at some point during the application or interview process. According to the 2016 annual social media recruitment survey by CareerBuilder, the number of employers who use social media to screen candidates has increased 500% over the last decade. Jobvite’s 2016 Recruiter Nation Survey found that 87% of recruiters like to use LinkedIn to vet prospective job/internship candidates.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
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
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