5 Tips to Help Your High Schooler be a Responsible Digital Citizen
Aug 03, 2017 11:18AM ● Published by Rachel Coon
Because of the ever-growing influence of social media and the surprising amount of time teenagers spend each day on media-connected activities like listening to music and watching videos – (up to 9 hours according to some reports) – it’s more important than ever for parents, teachers, and mentors to lead the charge in talking to young people about being responsible digital citizens.
Connected to the first tip, discreetly unfriending or unfollowing anyone who demonstrates bad character on social media is a good habit to develop early and to use often. High school students especially should get in a rhythm of regularly Googling themselves to learn what’s connected with their name online and who shares the same or similar name. This is also a good routine to have in college and when preparing to enter the workforce.
College and career decisions are around the corner and first impressions are lasting impressions for recruiters. Consider a social media profile solely for the college recruitment process, scholarship pursuits, and first job applications. Share academic achievements and awards, personal interests, pictures of volunteer service, and other positive content. This new profile is also the first step to an evolving digital portfolio that demonstrates growth from high school, to college, to career. Use this new, more polished profile to connect with and follow colleges and trade schools, companies of interest, classmates, and potential mentors. It’s never too early to develop relationships that can bear fruit in the long-run.
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