If you have a high school student who is interested in attending college, you need to check out this article from Psychology Today about digital parenting and your teen's online reputation.
Soon it'll be that time of year when college bound seniors start gearing up to submit their college applications in anticipation to get that awaited message, "ACCEPTED".Just like many college bound students, Jake couldn't wait to hear back from his number one college pick. Finally, the day came. He logged on to his account and saw that he had notbeen admitted to the college of his dreams. Shock and disappointment set in. He knew his grades and test scores were border line, but he was very active in athletics and even held leadership roles in a couple of clubs at school. Could there be another reason he didn't get accepted?
As the admission committee reviewed applications Jake was right on the fence. What kept him from getting in? Why had they "Denied" him? Well, the answer lied at a computer terminal sitting on his desk. Jake had created a wreckless online reputation that was to haunt his future. With a simple Google search, admission counselors saw Jake chugging booze at a party, getting frisky with a girl, and they even got to read some of the derogatory remarks Jake had posted online. It didn't take long for the admission committee to make their decision "DENIED ADMISSION".