The Allure of Snapchat & The Trouble It Can Cause

The Allure of Snapchat & The Trouble It Can Cause

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. 

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WGXA TV - Social Media Plays Role in College Admissions

WGXA News: Social Media's Role in College Admissions

WGXA News: Social Media's Role in College Admissions

 One poll revealed that over half of college admission boards have looked at a student's social media profiles before admitting them / Evan Watson (WGXA)
MACON, Ga. -- Monday is College Decision Day for high school seniors so many of them will pick where they'll head in the fall. However, some colleges and universities could have already made their decisions on some applicants based on social media. Roman Blakley, Director of Admissions at Georgia College, said most schools don't actively monitor an applicant's profiles, but that doesn't mean they can't. "So students should be concerned about what their online presence says about them, because you never know who's going to be looking," Blakely said. Blakley thinks the number of schools who look at sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will continue to rise. That can be trouble if someone is living a double life. "Judging a person based off their social media isn't right because a lot of people have a facade that they put on for the internet," said Westside High student Danielle Tate. Blakley said it's important for high school students to be clean and smart about their social media posts. Many high school students already know that what they post online is far from private. "Take heed to the fact that they can if they wanted to and they can if they needed to," said student Khadeeja Inman. "You should always be conscious of that." It also extends beyond college. "But then also think about the fact the potential employers could be looking also," Blakely said. Julie Fisher, founder of The Social U, said their software acts like an audit for online profiles. "So what The Social U is able to do is give the objective point of view and point out any post that has the potential to cause you problems," Fisher said. Fisher said she's seen several instances where students were denied admission in to a college or university because of social media. Several athletes have been passed on for scholarships because a coach saw a tweet that worried him or her. "I don't really get on it as much anymore," said student-athlete Trey Foster. "When you have to watch what you say you kind of just stop using it as much. I only post things with significance, that you can't take out of context because if you can take it out of context then you don't really need to post it." Fisher said she knew of one instance when a person was not admitted because officials were shown screen shots of the student cyberbullying another person. For some, the easiest solution is to keep everything PG rated. "My Facebook is mostly full of like, family pictures and my dog and things like that," Tate said. "But I've always been conscious of what I post because I know someone would be looking at this in the future." Fisher said her organization polled hundreds of admissions offices and more than half said they do check students' social media profiles at some point. That may not be for every students, but she said you shouldn't leave to to chance.
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College Applications Complete? Don't Get Too Comfortable

College Applications Complete? Don't Get Too Comfortable

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.

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Using Social Media to Your Advantage

Using Social Media to Your Advantage

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?

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The Top 7 Things College Admissions Professionals Revealed When Asked About Social Media

The Top 7 Things College Admissions Professionals Revealed When Asked About Social Media

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.

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Fox 2: Jalen Rose Leadership Academy & The Social U

Fox 2: Jalen Rose Leadership Academy & The Social U

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."

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Rubin: When Your Social Media Makes a College Say OMG

Rubin: When Your Social Media Makes a College Say OMG

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?

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Online Privacy Doesn't Exist

Online Privacy Doesn't Exist

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 .

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Cyber-Safety: To Spy or Not To Spy

Cyber-Safety: To Spy or Not To Spy

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.

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5 Tips for Talking With Your Child About Social Media

5 Tips for Talking With Your Child About Social Media

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.

  1. Start early
  2. Don’t make it an inquisition
  3. Show them examples of social media “don’ts”
  4. Use statistics to your advantage
  5. Keep it simple and short
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What Does "Don't Post Anything Inappropriate" Really Mean?

What Does "Don't Post Anything Inappropriate" Really Mean?

Define "Inappropriate"

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.

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How Much Media Time is Too Much?

How Much Media Time is Too Much?

Did You Hear The One About Teens Spending 9 Hours A Day With Media? Not So Fast…

I've read articles touting the “new landmark study” illuminating how much time tweens and teens spend with media. To be honest, the reporting and headlines really upset me – but not because I think there is something wrong with how tweens and teens today use media. Rather, the way the study is being presented focuses on shock value as opposed to what the data really tells us. Here are some of my favorite headlines from the news about the same study:

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The Dos and Don'ts of Free Expression Online

The Dos and Don'ts of Free Expression Online

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.

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