Parents Need To Be Concerned with Kids’ Social Media Postings
In today’s “share everything I do on Facebook” world, parents need to be aware, now more than ever, of what their kids post to social media. According to a 2012 study by Kaplan, 27% of college admissions officers routinely do Google searches on applicants and 26% check Facebook – and 35% found posts and pictures that reflected poorly on those prospective students. Those are startling numbers. When Kaplan first started doing this study in 2008, just 10% of college admissions officers even bothered to look. Now they’re not only looking to see what kind of person an applicant is, they’re keeping their eyes peeled for inappropriate behavior.
Photos with alcoholic beverages, hate speech, descriptions or videos of violent or unruly behavior, public nudity, mentions of illegal drugs, or a pattern of posts that suggest a student might not mesh well with a diverse community are going to cause a recruiter to think twice, according to the Kaplan survey. On the other hand, posts that reflect a diverse range of interest, passion about social and political issues, and showcase the student as a respectful, thoughtful person can boost his chances of admission.
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