From The (Toledo) Blade
There has been a growing trend in recent years for employers to check out MySpace, Facebook, and, more recently, Twitter pages on the Internet to learn more about people applying for jobs. There even have been cases in which college students were denied degrees or certifications because of objectionable things posted on their social networking sites.
Now, high school students have cause to beware as well because a significant number of colleges are using these sites, as well as search engines, to research and evaluate applicants, even denying admissions or scholarships based on what they find.
According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, 26 percent of college admission officers surveyed said they used Internet search engines and 21 percent said they used social networking sites to research prospective students. The survey of hundreds of colleges was conducted by the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
In other words, it’s not just predators who might be monitoring the tweets and posts of teenagers. It also could be the people who decide where those teens go to college, which ought to make young people pause before they hit the send button to share with friends their latest exploits.
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