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By Carolyn Jabs or send Facebook invitations to connect with admissions officer changed his mind about a
influential adults. Students need to remember that promising student after she made disparaging

College admissions offieers have discovered becoming on|ine"friends" means that everything remarks about her campus visit.

Facebook. Most treat it as a recruiting tool, but on Facebook, including Comments from friends,

a growing number also use it to check up on win be under Scrutiny. Remember that character counts. Avoid
applicants, according to a 2012 survey by Kaplan photos and posts that are rude, vulgar or sexually
Test Prep. Though it isn't yet routine, a quarter of Chisel the profile. Although your child can suggestive. Remember that colleges are trying to
admissions officers reported visiting the Facebook hide his or her profile, it may be better to keep it create a climate of tolerance. A student may think
pages ofappiicants, up from 10 percent in 2008, public — and professional. Be sure it features a it's funny tojoin an "I Hate ..."group, but a college
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an officlal policy about how admissions Officels your student that choices about music, books, . t _

should use social media. As a result, there's wide moviesli-V snows’ websites and quotes create an ln fiddltlonr I103.“ Ofilme Google Search f0T_ VOW
variation. Some believe offers of admission should impression‘ Be sure its positive Ch'ld'5 name Th'5 U5U3”Y "eV93l5 Other 5003'

be based solely on what's in the application media activity and what is publicly available
packet For them, using sociai media seems iike Take control of tags.The default setting on on these accounts. In Kap|an’s study, a quarter
eavesdropping or stalking. Others argue that what Facebook allows tags, so photos taken by your of admissions officers had donejust that, and
happens oniine is pupiic inforrnafion_They prefer child's friends can show up on his or her wall. 35 percent found something that made them
students who are digitaiiy iiteiate and penaiize Encourage your child to change the privacy setting disqualify an applicant. If something especially
tnose who snow poo”-udgment in new tney so he or she can review tagged photos before they embarrassing pops up, ask for it to be removed
present tnemseives oniine_-rnis inconsistency are posted. from the original website. If that's not possible,
means studentewho put time ene “‘°“9_l“t into Accent accomplishments. Encourage your try togury it mltan avalanche of
college applications should back it up with careful Child to use Social media to promote positive ‘ P05‘ ‘V5 res” 5~

attenuon to h_°W they present teemsehfes on accomplishments. Include links to blogs and Carolyn Jabs raised three
Facebook’ TW'Fte_r and other S°e'e| med'_e‘ Even YouTube videos that showcase talent. i _ computer—savvy kids and has
if college admissions officers aren't looking, the . s s i t ‘ I been Writing aboutgrowing up
information available there may very well influence Be law-abiding. If your child chooses to speed, J ' t ‘ ‘ with technology for myeare
scholarship committees, teachers writing letters of text while driving, use illegal drugs or _ ,. ~ — ., " """ ; st

recommendation, employers offering internships participate in underage . . at  >

and even future roommates. Parents can help high drinking, be sure he or ,   V. t L‘: _ / *.

school students use social media to polish rather she doesn't boast about   ‘

than tarnish their images. Here are some tips: it Online. School Officials ;_:‘35f‘l‘e"' ‘1.-‘ \[It

don't want to see photos . . 4" 57:,

Pay attention to privacy. Facebook offers many of inebriated student;  M  .1 \]1,5,l, \\

options, clearly described under Privacy Settings.  .  2 /..—-—-3 i_“._\\\\\\‘i I

At the very least, encourage your child to restrict Nix "°9a‘lVi‘V- W5 ' t ,_ .    's.‘_‘.““.’;_/‘TE1;'/.".:'/"\\'\\l" t

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provide complete security because friends can tag to Vent about , it . ' A‘. ea —_.-,_«_,—’e\{«,~ ‘
and share whatever she posts. P'’°l3lem5- 39 » 4' ‘ 
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Review friends. Many students have hundreds about Critiquing / ‘ . .s--« :3. 

offriends on Facebook. Although Facebook colleges. One ‘ e . « ‘ ' V_ ‘ :53? *1’ /
allows users to create lists so some of what they , M  s  -'.

share goes only to an inner circle, most teens . A s L; s   , 6.; I’ 
don't have the discipline to evaluate every post. .5: ._ _ -   "

During application season, they should thinktwice  A A  i _4:_—;::’;-‘ i

before posting. Regardless of precautions taken ‘ “" «;~. 

by students, damaging information on Facebook T\}-A

has a way of leaking out. Other students may get 6

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