Why Social Media Behavior Matters To Teens
Colleges and employers are watching what you tweet
Many teens are tired of hearing parents and teachers reminding them to pause before you post or think before you send a text.
They may be tired of hearing it, but that doesn’t mean we are going to stop preaching it, since it is imperative that not only youth pause before publishing anything in cyberspace — grown-ups need to start heeding this same advice.
There was a survey released last year by Career Builders. It revealed that employers eliminated 51% of potential applicants due to their social media behavior.
Some of these people already graduated college. These applicants can be young adults to possibly parents. No one is immune to being disqualified from a job interview for their behavior on social media.
This is why it is important that teens know and understand that every click and post they do has meaning and potential consequences connected to them.
At this point, teens are also aware that college admissions are screening social media behavior, it’s not strictly about what they are posting online.
A New York Times article put this in perspective with the headline alone, They Loved Your GPA Until They Saw Your Tweets.
Let’s keep in mind that we can never give up on the mantra of think before you send a text and pause before you post, however we need to also review our overall social behavior online:
- Be mindful of what you post on others social media sites, as well as your own.
Keep private and personal matters offline, or use private messages.
- Be careful of your tone. Never use all caps – NEVER. Typing in all caps is considered yelling or screaming digitally – and there is no reason for this to be done online. If you feel the need to do this, it is probably time for you to take a 24-hour reprieve from all digital devices.
- Be empathic to others on social media, especially if you notice someone that is being harassed online. Be the person that is the upstander.
- Be interactive in positive ways and engaging in social networking groups that interest you. Especially if you are applying for scholarships, recruiters will admire your passion in your interests. For example Facebook has a variety of groups that people join with similar interests.
A final thought that some teens may not like, there is an old cliché, you are who you surround yourself with. Have you thought about de-cluttering your virtual friends list?
Keep in mind, especially on social media, it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. Your social media matters, not only today – but it will continue to matter for a long time.
Use your keystrokes with care and kindness.
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