Social Media Savvy for Students
Thanks to a referral by my “partner in crime” Mike Fox from Splash DesignWorks, I had the privilege of presenting a Social Media Savvy for Students workshop at Dover High School. The workshop was part of Youth Leadership Day which was created by Dr. Lane Carter. The program was geared toward the DHS rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.
Youth Leadership Day was a fun filled day of education and training which also included a mid-day lunch buffet and the presentation of Certificates of Accomplishment. There were actually 3 workshops so in addition to mine, the students also attended “Leadership without Apology” presented by Pastor Mark Harmon, and “Trust Your Team”, presented by Mr. Maurice Tooles.
Each session was approximately 45 minutes in length and there were about 17 students in each group. Most of you know that I have been conducting workshops for The Money School of Delaware since 2013, however, this was the first time presenting social media to high school students.
In meeting with Dr. Carter and then having subsequent conversations with her, I decided to create a Social Media Savvy for Students presentation with emphasis on the “10-Do Be’s” or what they should be doing online. We all know that most students are well aware of what they should not be doing on social media.
We talked about branding and their digital footprint. I had them go online and Google themselves so that they could see what others saw. Posts, Pics, Snaps and Tweets which are positive, creative and honest are the types that they need to promote and share online.
They needed to understand that future employers and college administrators will be checking them out, and most likely will have already seen their social media profiles even before they walk through the door.
“Think Before You Tweet”
“If you tweet it – you own it”
“Stop before you Snap”
“Pause before you Post”
Needless to say, I was very excited and do believe the students were receptive to my presentation and to be honest I had a great time! Here are just a few pictures from the day and I wished I had videotaped at least one of the sessions.
Having a BS Degree from Delaware State College in Elementary Education was definitely a plus even though I hadn’t been in a classroom since 1983!
I felt quite a home at the high school and hopefully there will be other opportunities in which to do so again.