More and more, people of all ages and backgrounds are "profiling" on the internet through sites like Facebook, Xanga, LiveJournal and Friendster.
College Admissions officers are telling us that, "you better tell your students to have an 'air-tight' profile". With the increase in applications to colleges, admissions folks are checking out applicants online to weed out those who show a lack of discretion and responsibility. A recent study showed that about one-fourth of colleges actively seek out students through search engines and/or social networking profiles such as Facebook when reviewing applications.
Here are a few tips regarding how to protect yourself if you choose to have an online profile:
1) Never post personal info such as your address, daily schedule, and phone number.
2) Make your profile private so you limit those who can access your information.
3) Be cautious about adding new friends who you don't personally know.
4) Have your friends remove photos of you where they've "tagged" you along with comments on their profiles. Any references to you on others pages could be damaging.
The best advice - don't have a profile......
Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling