Students at Beaumont’s Early College High School (ECHS) recently heard from special guest speakers regarding the impact of social media. Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Executive Director for the Teaching and Learning Center Dr. Angela Hill and BASF Site Development Manager Laura Austin presented ‘Social Media: Education, Life and Career’.
Activities and discussion of positive and negative effects of social media were discussed during the two sessions. The presentation addressed potential pitfalls to personal, education and career opportunities and experiences. Students were informed of their social media responsibility and the importance of making good decisions at all times. They were reminded that deleted postings and comments are not really deleted and can be retrieved if needed.
Both speakers discussed using social media as an effective method of communication, but using it responsibly. “As Beaumont ISD ECHS students, they represent BISD and LIT at all times. With that said, we expect for our ECHS students to represent both entities well,” said Dr. Hill. “In addition to staying in contact with friends and family, social media can be used positively for staying abreast of education and career opportunities. For example, staying informed of scholarship opportunities, school/college events and job postings.”
Dr. Hill concluded that students should realize at this day and time employers utilize social media heavily when screening applicants. For that reason, it is of great importance for individuals to maintain a reputable social media presence.