An open letter to the parents of high school students
Dear parents of high school students:
The Internet and social media provides the young students with rang of benefits such as communication with others ,making friendship and sharing information , but the negative side comes when these students post inappropriate comments or even some of them they go further than that and their posts become even racism.
The students in this age their brain is not mature, they do not realize the consequences of their comments would cost them their college admission dream.
So, should you be worried about a college rescinding an offer of acceptance? What are the common reasons that colleges revoke offers, and how can you avoid them?
Now, more than ever, college admission officers are checking up on applicants online too. (The Truth About Social Media and Admissions by Kate kohen). An example for that would be Kyle Kashuv (Harvard had rescinded admission to Parkland shooting survivor over racist comments he made two years ago by Kelly Mclaughlin ).
And another example of the online negative presence was at least 10 admitted Harvard students in the Class of 2021 had their admissions offers rescinded after a group exchange of racist and sexually offensive Facebook messages, the Harvard Crimson student newspaper (Harvard Rescinds Admission Of 10 Students Over Obscene Facebook Messages by Anya Kamenetz)
“student text all sorts of things that you would never in a million years contemplate saying to anyone’s face,” says Dr. Donna Wick, a clinical and developmental psychologist (How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers by Rachel Ehmke). High schools and universities have suspended and even dismissed students due to their presence on social media. The parents and the schools must teach the students how the policies of the social media platformed and discover less than savory conversation. Most of the time, the teenagers don’t think in the moment and appreciate the gravity of their online presence.
Below are some techniques that will help the parents to advice their teenagers:
• Address the problem of non-sexual as well as sexual victimization on the Internet.
• Make students aware of the existence and locations of resources for reporting and dealing with Internet offenses.
• Develop different prevention and intervention strategies for youth of different ages.
Young students should be monitor and certain web should be prohibited. It is parent’s responsibilities to make it clear to their young students how the online presence is part of their public personality and how it will reflect on their future, it is so important to pay more attention on the comments they make.