Warning to Students about Social Networking Posts

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A news report summarizes cautions to students this fall. Higher education orientation teams warn students to be careful about the type of content they post online and how that content might affect their reputation and that of their school.

Police are increasingly monitoring the sites. It’s not hard for prospective employers to get a “.edu” eMail address from an alumnus or an intern, and recruiters are increasingly trolling the internet to scope out prospective hires.

“They may be looking at these sites wondering if there’s a personality fit with their company culture,” said Tim Luzader, director of Purdue’s center for career opportunities.

May be you’ve wondered about this too. How many college admissions application reviewers go online to learn more about applicants? It seems reasonable that some committee at the institution would want to find out all they can about a prospective student before committing to a $$,$$$ per year investment in the applicant.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.