Think Before You Post!

Fellow blogger, Alexis Lane, tweeted about an article called “Talk to Teens About Being Responsible on Social Media.”

Teenagers growing up in this technological age now find social media to be a way of life. Are there dangers involved in this? They need to keep in mind that the footprint they leave on social media can have an impact their futures.

“I tell my kids every horror story I hear of students being rejected from college or an accepted student having his/her admission rescinded because of something they wrote on Facebook or something they tweeted. It is very hard to eliminate a ‘social footprint,'” Laurie Weingarten, mother of two teenagers, said.

Once something is deleted from the internet, is it ever actually gone?


It is so important to pay attention to the things that are posted on these websites. You never know how one slip-up can effect you in the future.

The article makes it clear that college admissions officers do in fact look at applicants social media pages to learn more about them. Adults need to make kids aware of this before they begin to make their online footprint. If they see something that they dislike, even something so minor, they can immediately decide to kick that applicant to the curb. Colleges do not want someone with a bad online reputation to represent their institution.

It is so important for teenagers to learn ways to use social media responsibly. A parent suggests that a good way to make teens aware of the existing issues is to make them feel uncomfortable about it. Do this by continuously asking them about their cyber life. Another suggestion is to ask your child for help using a social media app. This way, you can really get a glimpse of what they’re doing on social media, and how they go about using it.

By staying involved in their child’s usage, parents can really see if there are prevalent issues. Then, they can be addressed right at the start. By doing this, teens will become a lot more contentious about their usage.

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5 thoughts on “Think Before You Post!

  1. trushk84 says:

    I love that you emphasized the importance of understanding that once something is deleted from the internet, it not actually gone for good. When applying for college, I made sure to go through my Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram to make sure I did not come across as “unprofessional.” I also Googled myself to make sure there were not any fake profiles out there that used my pictures and would give me a bad name. As I go through college, I am always mindful of what I post online, and make sure to inform my friends to do the same. Since the younger generations are growing up in a world more technologically advanced that me, I hope they are being extra mindful of what is posted online.


  2. julss827 says:

    I also read through this article and found it particularly interesting the approaches the suggest to try with your child. With the growing technologies that support social media use so drastically, it is important that young children and teens don’t make mistakes that may follow them into their future. Approaching your child in a comfortable way to simply discuss the aspects of social media rather than lecturing is much more effective.


  3. sherryt0 says:

    This article is good to those going in the teaching profession. It’s not just colleges checking social media profiles anymore-it’s potential bosses, high school principals, and basically anyone who has a reason to get a first impression on you. Many teenagers don’t realize that the things they post on the internet may come back to haunt them. After all, things posted on the internet don’t disappear.


  4. ashmcmichael says:

    Great blog! I love the point that nothing is truly ever deleted from the internet for good. I feel like teenagers (and sometimes us!) forget this and what we tweeted four years ago could come back to haunt us when we are looking for jobs after college. Just last month, I went through and really messed with the privacy settings on my Facebook- it’s scary what people can find out about you just from a quick google search!


  5. hardwickb9 says:

    I agree that students should be aware of their postings prior to college; however, it’s not just their immediate futures that are affected. Employers can also view social media profiles. If they see something that is inappropriate, they won’t even consider an applicant. Social media is always being targeted in a negative light because of it allows users to create an alternate personality. Online, anyone can post happy statuses, pictures and comments that could be completely opposite of their personality. This, of course, can be interpreted as negative. However, in light of this article, perhaps this is what is being promoted. Teens are encouraged to create an alternate identity so that they aren’t portrayed as unique or genuine. Instead, they create a mask to get into college and work. Employers and colleges only want to see the perfect candidate for their position, even if the candidate must lie about their identity.


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