You may think that you know where this post is going but it’s not going to be that simplistic. But do keep this in mind.... colleges are looking for reasons to reject students. Yep, it is easier to find reasons to reject applicants that to find reasons to accept them. A poorly written essay, a school suspension, no extracurriculars, and/or a compromising online picture or mean comment would do the trick.
Its easy, for us as adults, to tell kids to remove pictures or delete mean comments from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. but here is what happens. Teens are digital natives, they were born into this technology. I was in my 30’s when the Internet even became available and people in my generation know how slow things were back then. We will never, ever be able to grasp what young people take for granted, technology-wise.
When access to the most common social media platforms are restricted, even self-restricted, kids will either create fake accounts or go deeper and use platforms we have never heard of. You can use Google to find dozens of these apps, such as GroupMe, Kik Messenger, WhatsApp, Tik Tok, and Whisper. Prepare yourself if you are going to research these sites, some are used in disappointing ways.
Social media is like food....it can used as medicine or poison. Broccoli and cauliflower are medicine and Snickers Bars are poison. Students aren’t going to give up social media, just like they aren’t going to give up food, but they can be smart, and strategic, about its use.
Don’t chase them off, help them to understand why they need to keep it clean, and later we can talk about how to use this tool for good. It can help students get accepted, into programs that they are interested in, and to earn scholarships.
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- Thursday March 7 at Jefferson Hills Library For High School Athletes, Play Sports in College: How to Get Yourself Recruited
- Thursday March 14 at Whitehall Library College Admissions 101: What Every Family Needs to Know about Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Wednesday March 20 at South Park Library Athletes and Artists: How They Both Can Follow the Same Path to Find Their Dream College
- Tuesday March 26 at Bethel Park Library Musicians, Thespians, Dancers, Cheerleaders, Majorettes, & all other Artists: Find Your Dream College
- Thursday April 11 at South Park Library College Admissions 101: What Every Family Needs to Know about Financial Aid and Scholarships
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- Tuesday May 14 at Baldwin Library For High School Athletes, Play Sports in College: How to Get Yourself Recruited
- Saturday May 18 at Baldwin Library College Essay Workshop for Juniors
- Thursday May 23 at Baldwin Library 12 Strategies Necessary to Get Into Tier 1 Colleges, Including the Ivy League