No matter what social networks they use, teenagers are exposed to the same dangers. Remember that social networks are never related to the actual reality. Instead, they allow you to see what others want you to see. Unfortunately, what you see is usually far from the reality. This is one of the main minuses of online interactions. Plenty of people hide their actual identities behind some screens. At some point, the actual communication goes in the wrong direction. The same rule applies to the actual relationship. Whether you make a new friend or you talk to someone you have not seen in a while, chances are you will be introduced to a completely different person.
USA Today did a great piece on 5 top college essay blunders. I’m going to add some of my own: One mistake I see kids making is trying to cram everything they know/want/think into one essay. An entire life experience – whether you an octogenarian or a teen – can’t really be fit into 250-500 words. An essay is not a résumé, after all. Rather, one thought, one quirk, one person or book who moved you in a unique way gives you a better opportunity to explore – and explain – your thinking. Zelda Fitgerald once wrote that what she missed most about her father after he died was the particular way he tented his fingers when he spoke. That single detail brought all of her emotions – loss, love, the power of memory – to light. What is the one detail or anecdote that can become the focal point for your essay? It is worth taking the time to think about that before you write. For more thoughts, go to