Parent College Coach Tip #95: Teach Your Teen to Mind Their “Social” Manners

Do you mind your social manners when you're on your smartphone?

Are you teaching your teen to mind their social manners?

As a parent, it’s your job to guide your teen and help them make wise choices about their future. It’s not always easy and often overwhelming. Many times there are arenas online that your teen frequents that could on some level, harm their future, so minding their social manners should be yet another area where you help guide them with good advice.

New social networking sites are popping up daily and odds are your teen has a presence on at least one, if not more, of these. The availability of online access on their smartphone makes it even easier.

Here’s something you can do with your child right away that can help show the importance of controlling what you send out into the internet universe. Do a Google search. Type in your child’s name and see if it appears in the search results. Why do this? College admissions and future employers are finding it important to check out these social websites before making a decision related to applicants.

An eMarketer study indicated that 15.5 million internet users ages 12-17 (or 75%) use social networking websites. The article noted some interesting results from their online survey:

Specifically, information on young people’s social network pages can come back to haunt them. Over 60% of those surveyed acknowledged that the things friends wrote in their profiles could harm their careers. In addition, 48% said they could be embarrassed by what they themselves wrote, and 38% said they regretted some of the items that had appeared on their pages already.

It’s not too soon to prepare your child for the future. Helping them understand the importance of minding their “social” manners is part of that preparation.

 

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Author: Suzanne Shaffer

Suzanne Shaffer advises parents and students in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation at ParentsCountdowntoCollegeCoach.com. She is excited to share her knowledge with the readers of Smart College Visit.

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