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The Social U Evening Program to Focus on Student Social Media, Sept 15


The Social U will present an evening program that all Orange School District parents and students are invited to attend in the Orange High School auditorium on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. This program is one of the first technology platforms that scans and grades a student’s social media for the kinds of posts that can give college admissions officers or potential employers pause.

At the evening program, The Social U Founder Julie Fisher will discuss:

  • Personal Branding & Digital Footprints

  • Mistakes teens make online – why, how to prevent

  • Examples of real-life online teen mistakes

  • What admissions officers say about social media and why they and employers look at social media along with statistics

  • Difficulties teens & parents face with regards to Digital Reputation Management

  • Tools parents & students need to manage social media

  • Your Social GPATM & Social Media Report Card – how it can help you
On Friday, September 16, 2016, OHS seniors will participate in a presentation regarding the role social media now plays in the college admissions process. Students will receive a social media report card to assess their “status,” prior to submitting college applications.

According to The Social U:
  • more than 90 percent of teens report daily use of social media

  • 50 percent of college admissions officers admit to looking at prospective students’ social profiles

  • 92 percent of employers look at social media before making hiring decisions
“Today’s kids are practically born with a smartphone in hand. Pair this with imperfect decision making and social media mistakes are bound to happen,” said Fisher. “However, banning teens from social media all together can have a negative impact on students’ academic and professional opportunities. Instead of prohibiting our kids from using these platforms, we should be teaching our kids how to use them safely and appropriately so their social interactions online enhance their lives and don’t lead to future problems.”

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