College admissions officers are turning to sites like Facebook more and more to learn about applicants, a new survey shows.
Keeping profiles professional
DO NOT POST:
Illegal activities: Students experiment with many activities and substances, but the second you post risky behavior you become vulnerable not only for school expulsion but for criminal prosecution.
Bullying: This includes any verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility toward anyone.
Trash talk about your teachers: You never know which one of your professors will hold the keys to the next great internship or job announcement.
Lies or plagiarized content: Don’t lie about professional or academic achievements when applying to college or an internship. People will investigate.
Threaten violence: Even anonymous, empty threats raise red flags. Social media is not the place to vent your frustrations and violent thoughts. Talk to a school counselor.
Don’t rely on privacy settings 100 percent. Although most major social network sites update you with privacy improvements, the changes often are too frequent to follow and can get complicated. It’s best to assume anything you post is fair game.