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Respect your future

  1. 1. Respect Your Future <br />Melanie Stepanek<br />Social Media Specialist, UW Oshkosh Admissions<br />10/20/10<br />
  2. 2. My social media background<br />Graduated Lourdes in 2006<br />Graduated UW Oshkosh in 2010 with a degree in PR/Advertising<br />Worked 1.5 years at marketing agency in Fox Valley specializing in social media<br />Developed social media program for Journalism Department; regular guest presenter for college PR/Ad courses<br />Social media specialist for Admissions office at UW Oshkosh <br />
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  4. 4. Facebook is great if…<br />You are connecting with friends<br />You are sharing photos of fun events<br />You are posting links to funny sites or videos<br />You are keeping up with family<br />You are aware that everything you post is accessible somehow by anyone in the world<br />You are aware that everything you post will stay on the Internet forever<br />
  5. 5. Facebook is not so great if…<br />You are making fun of people<br />You are sharing embarrassing photos or videos of other people<br />You are posting inappropriate links<br />You post things you wouldn’t want your family to see<br />You think that what you post doesn’t matter<br />You think that no one who “matters” will ever see it<br />
  6. 6. The Truth Is…<br />Facebook is a megaphone. <br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTN9We8unmU<br />Everything you post is stored on a server somewhere<br />Privacy settings only prevent so much<br />Employers and schools take what you post seriously<br />
  7. 7. It only takes a second to post…<br />
  8. 8. But the consequences will follow you forever…<br />
  9. 9. Close to Home<br />Basketball star in Barneveld, Wisconsin caught underage drinking…<br />Was kicked off the team…<br />Lost a full scholarship…<br />Got kicked out of school for a year…<br />Because photos of the party were posted on Facebook.<br />Student at UW Oshkosh..<br />Applied for a job with troubled youth…<br />Didn’t get the job…<br />Because photos of themselves drinking underage…<br />Were posted on Facebook. <br />Students applying for my internship…<br />
  10. 10. Photos aren’t the only thing that can get you into trouble:Employer Warning Signs<br />Negative posts<br />Excessive derogatory language<br />Belittling of other people<br />Rude, offensive comments<br />Talking badly about current positions you have (is that how you’d talk about me?)<br />
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  12. 12. YouTube can make you into an overnight celebrity.<br />Which can be good if you are:<br />Susan Boyle<br />The Double Rainbow Guy<br />But it can be bad if you are:<br />This lady: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYdUZdan5i8<br />(She had to go under police protection.)<br />
  13. 13. The same problems arise on other social media…<br />
  14. 14. How many of you own one of these fun devices? <br />
  15. 15. Cell phones + accessibility + reach mass audience + rash decision = regret. <br />
  16. 16. Most of these potentially harmful situations can be avoided if you just…<br />
  17. 17. You already know how to avoid disastrous situations.<br />If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.<br />Think before you speak.<br />Write or post things you wouldn’t mind seeing 20 years down the road.<br />The best way to keep things private is to keep them to yourself. <br />The whole world doesn’t need to know the ins and outs of your day-to-day life.<br />Don’t talk behind peoples’ backs. There is no such thing.<br />Be aware of your surroundings. You don’t live in a bubble.<br />Be responsible.<br />Behave. <br />It’s better to be safe than sorry. <br />It’s NOT easier to ask forgiveness than permission. You may not have the chance to apologize.<br />
  18. 18. Don’t forget…<br />That you can only control yourself.<br />Digital Cameras, Cell phones, FlipCams… Technology is everywhere.<br />You have to make sure that you are careful of your actions OFFLINE as well…<br />It only takes a second for someone to snap a photo you may not realize is online until it’s too late.<br />
  19. 19. RESPECT YOUR FUTURE.<br />
  20. 20. Questions?stepanekm@uwosh.edu<br />

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