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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Don't Say NO to Social Media

Don't Say NO to Social Media

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.

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How Am I Supposed to Teach Social Media Etiquette in 2017?

How Am I Supposed to Teach Social Media Etiquette in 2017?

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?".

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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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I Can't Put My Phone Down and It's a Problem

I Can't Put My Phone Down and It's a Problem

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.

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College Admissions as a Competitive Sport

College Admissions as a Competitive Sport

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.

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Detroit Startup Grades Social Media for Job-Seekers

Detroit Startup Grades Social Media for Job-Seekers

Detroit startup grades social media for job-seekers

By Samantha Lewakowski

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.

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Promposals Aren't Just About Getting a Date

Promposals Aren't Just About Getting a Date

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.

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Alright, College Seniors, Here's How to Impress Potential Employers

Alright, College Seniors, Here's How to Impress Potential Employers

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!

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Yes, Your Political Post Can Affect Your Future

Yes, Your Political Post Can Affect Your Future

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.

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Ready to Start Your Job or Internship Search? Clean Up Your Social Media Before Applying!

Ready to Start Your Job or Internship Search? Clean Up Your Social Media Before Applying!

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.

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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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