Schools,Colleges Block Student Admissions,Reason Facebook.

I have often lamented the fact that people compromise their future by sharing their personal information in the Social Media and expresses concern that this may jeopardize their future.

Many parents check the future Daughter in law’s activities in the Social Media especially in Facebook and Orkut.

In fact I did this when I was looking for an alliance for my son( I have a post on this).

Now news surfaces that the Schools in New York,US are checking the information on the Students who apply for admission in the schools.

There are concerns about the Privacy of the individuals.

I disagree.

If students are to be molded and the quality of the Standard of Education is to be maintained by an Educational Institution it is normal for them to go to these lengths and they are right.


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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Results from Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 survey of college admissions officers* show that schools are increasingly discovering information on Facebook and Google that negatively impact applicants’ acceptance chances. While the percentage of admissions officers who took to Google (27%) and checked Facebook (26%) as part of the applicant review process increased slightly (20% for Google and 26% for Facebook in 2011) from last year, the percentage that said they discovered something that negatively impacted an applicant’s chances of getting into the school nearly tripled – from 12% last year to 35% this year. Offenses cited included essay plagiarism, vulgarities in blogs, alcohol consumption in photos, things that made them “wonder,” and “illegal activities.” In 2008, when Kaplan began tracking this trend, only one in 10 admissions officers reported checking applicants’ social networking pages.

“Social media used to basically mean Facebook. But the underlying trend we see is the increase in use of Google, which taps into a social media landscape that’s proliferated to include Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, blogging and other platforms — and teens today are using all of these channels,” said Jeff Olson, Vice President of Data Science, Kaplan Test Prep. “Additionally, we’re seeing a growing cultural ubiquity in social media use, plus a generation that’s grown up with a very fluid sense of privacy norms. In the face of all these trends, the rise in discovery of digital dirty laundry is inevitable.”

Olson noted, “With regard to college admissions, the traditional application — the essays, the letters of recommendation — represent the polished version of an applicant, while often what’s found online is a rawer version of that applicant. Schools are philosophically divided on whether an applicant’s digital trail is fair game, and the majority of admissions officers do not look beyond the submitted application, but our advice to students is to think first, Tweet later.”

Kaplan’s survey also found that only 15% of colleges currently have rules regarding the checking of applicants’ Facebook or social networking pages – a percentage that has remained fairly consistent over the past few years. Of schools that do have a policy, 69% said the policy prohibited admissions officers from visiting applicants’ pages – still leaving the vast majority of admissions officers with the flexibility to act at their own discretion.

Almost every student has heard a horror story. At the start of the school year, a BASIS college counselor told her class of a student whose acceptance to an elite college was revoked when he was caught badmouthing the school on Facebook. At Williams College, a student’s admission was rescinded because he posted disparaging remarks on a college discussion board. At the University of Georgia, when an admissions officer discovered an applicant’s racially charged Twitter account, he took a screenshot and added the tweets to the student’s application file. Though these are extreme examples, it’s difficult to pinpoint when a teenager’s social media habits shift from innocuous to alarming in the eyes of admissions officers. Anna Redmond, a 30-year-old former interviewer for Harvard University who blogs about college admissions, says she began regularly googling prospective students years ago (interviews with alumni are a minor component of Harvard’s admissions criteria). “You could sometimes find old blog posts where they were complaining,” she says. “Maybe there was a photo of a kid drinking a beer. I don’t think it’s personally that damning, but somebody else might.”

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Avoid Posting These in Your On line Profile

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English: Diagram representation of personal space limits. Inspired by Reaction-bubble.png by Libb Thims (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1.Family Problems.

Nobody likes to listen to a whiner.Your problems are yours.

Some times people may make use of this and try to mislead you with solutions and may even swindle you out, at the least.

Taking advice from faceless people is dangerous.

A youth committed suicide by falling in love with a girl who he found on the internet. On hearing from her that she was engaged to some body else(untrue ,of course).Pity is that the boy did not see the girl’s photo at all for she sent him her friend’s photo!

2.Your Problems

It is better to avoid mentioning personal problems as well.

3.Self Deprecation.

Sentimental outpourings may give you temporary relief.

To post this on the internet is to invite unscrupulous elements to cheat you.

If need be, share your problems with your close friends.

4.Shirtless or in Skimpy Clothes.

Basically it is bad manners. Some one may misuse the visible personal marks .

There have been instances where people used this to obtain a Passport.

5.Abnormal Hobbies

Remember the Profile is read by every one including your relatives and friends.

I have rejected a girl with whom my son’s marriage was more or less finalised, when I saw her profile ,activity and pictures in Orkut.

These type of postings may harm your personal life.

6.You Approach to Sex.

Same points as above,

7.Your Intimate Details.

Again you need to have your personal space.

8.Professional Details.It is not safe to divulge the exact details.

By the year 2015, 60% of employers will monitor social media pages of their employees, a new report by data analysts Gartner has claimed

Many employers already monitor their workers’ Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages – but the practice is set to increase.
By the year 2015, 60% of employers will monitor social media pages of their employees, a new report by data analysts Gartner has claimed.
The ‘Big Brother’ monitoring will be driven by security worries about employees leaking information or talking negatively about their workplace.

‘The growth in monitoring employee behavior in digital environments is increasingly enabled by new technology and services,’ said Andrew Walls, research vice president of Gartner.
‘Surveillance of individuals, however, can both mitigate and create risk, which must be managed carefully to comply with ethical and legal standards.’
Most employers will use their monitoring to prevent security breaches – but simply having the technology at their disposal will be a huge temptation to managers who want to know more about their staff.
‘The development of effective security intelligence and control depends on the ability to capture and analyse user actions that take place inside and outside the enterprise IT environment,’ says Walls.
Walls predicts that the practice – increasingly common in America – of asking for Facebook passwords as part of job interviews, will fade out of fashion.
Earlier this year, Facebook said it has ‘seen a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information.’

Even in Professional linking sites, provide basic information with a note that you shall discuss in person.

9.Exact Address.

No doubt people can track you.

It is not necessary that you should help them.

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