The percentage of college admissions officers who have visited applicants’ profiles on Facebook and other social networks reached an all-time high of 31 percent, according to a recent study by Kaplan Test Prep, but applicants are wising up, as 30 percent of admissions officers reported findings that negatively impacted their chances, down from 35 percent in 2012.
Here’s a warning to the 57 percent of the 500 juniors and seniors in college polled by social media reputation-protection utility Persona who do not believe they have inappropriate content on Facebook: 69 percent of job recruiters have rejected candidates based on content found on Facebook and other social networks.
California School District Paying To Monitor Students’ Public Posts On Facebook, Other Social Networks
Students in California’s Glendale Unified School District: Big Brother is watching. In this case, Big Brother is Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based Geo Listening, which is being paid $40,500 by the school district to monitor public posts on Facebook and other social networks by students.
College freshmen who reported high levels of anxiousness and alcohol use appeared to be more connected with Facebook, while those who reported high levels of loneliness and anxiousness use the social network to connect with others, according to the results of a recent study.
Applying to colleges and seeking financial aid is no game, but a Facebook game from the Collegeology Games project — a collaboration of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s Pullias Center for Higher Education and the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Game Innovation Lab — is aimed at guiding high-school students in the U.S. through the long process.
As more and more middle school and high school students log onto Facebook, courts have had to reassess the definition of virtual free speech. Many younger members use Facebook to vent frustration, but when posts are aimed toward teachers and faculty members, where is the line drawn? A Minnesota court recently ruled in favor of a 12-year-old student who posted unfavorably about a school staff member on Facebook, citing that the school’s demand for her social media passwords violated First and Fourth Amendment rights.
Although most of us probably won’t step foot on Mars, one Facebook campaign is utilizing the red planet and the social network to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math. Through Raytheon Company’s Mission to Mars, students can explore the planet virtually and interact with Facebook to earn grants.