What Your Facebook Page may Say to the University You are Applying To!
University recruitment and admissions officers often invite students to join their campus Facebook page. In response, students can quickly ACCEPT this invitation but first they really should ask themselves if the information and images posted on their page are appropriate for this circumstance. When asking if they are appropriate, I would suggest students look closely at what they are talking about along with comments accepted on their post and most important the images.
If a student submits a personal statement (letter de motivation) to a university that speaks about their desire to study law, love of politics and international relations along with a commitment to women’s rights yet has a Facebook page with personal images like those below then people may see a contradiction.
As adults we need to do more to assure that students understand the power, both positive and negative, of their Facebook page and the online world of communication. Schools should increase their efforts to provide students and parents with the resource tools to safely navigate Facebook and other social media. In reality, the minimum age to sign up for Facebook is 13 yet many students start younger. Parents should also request to “friend” their child on Facebook enabling them to keep up with what comments and images are being shared.
For additional resource information on how we can better educate students about social media visit these websites
· ConnectSafely.org (provide students with tools for smart socializing)
· http://www.fosi.org Family Online Safety Organization
· http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSQ6GcskLNg (FOSI Video –Online Safety Video)
· If you choose to go one step further visit this link for a contract that parents and children can both sign for online safety: http://www.fosi.org/images/stories/resources/family-online-safety-contract.pdf/Family
With almost 20 year’s higher education experience with the majority in student recruitment and admissions, I can’t say that the content and images on a Facebook page alone can shape an admissions decision. However, I can say that they may be something that would make and admissions department say, “mmmmh”!