Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay, at least for the near future. Social media can be a positive part of your child's life when used responsibly. It can help them connect with friends, stay up-to-date on the issues that matter to them, and allow them to meet a diverse group of people.

However, we are all aware of the dark sides of social media as well. From cyberbullying to online scams, our children are vulnerable when they are online.

But what about what THEY post online? Did you know that the tweets, posts, and shares they make can impact their ability to get into college and to find a job?

In the article, "Students Learn How Colleges Review Social Media Pages," Cari DeLamielleure-Scott from C & G Newspapers writes about the impact of social media posts.

When someone clicks the post button, they are creating a unique digital footprint that can be traced back to them. Some tips to help "clean up their electronic footprint" from the article are:
  • get rid of profanity
  • set privacy controls
  • opt out of tags
  • review posts before posting
  • avoid posts that contain alcohol or that show illegal actions

Check out the article to learn more.

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