Behavior on social media could have negative effects on student’s futures at SHS


Caleb Carrasquillo

Junior Mikaela Sanders uses social media in the hall on Sept. 29.

For teens, social media is an essential daily part of their lives, according to

Regardless of the privacy settings on social media, accounts and posts still have ways to be visible to anyone who wants to see it.

According to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 95 percent of teens aged 12-18 use the internet, and 81 percent of them have at least one social media account. Teens tweet their locations, update their statuses, and snap a selfie to their story, but do they know who sees what they’re posting?

Virtually anyone can see or find what another person posts on social media, whether good or bad, even if what they have  posted is on a private account.

“When I want to see something private from someone I don’t follow, I just have someone else who follows them show me,” junior Mikaela Sanders said.

If you post something negative online, it’ll be there forever. It will never go away, meaning your kids could possibly even see it one day.

Colleges, coaches, club leaders, and even some employers check up on social media.

SHS boys basketball coach Mr. Mike Gelhart says that during basketball season, the players aren’t even allowed to use twitter because the coaches believe Twitter can cause unnecessary problems.

Steve Mask, a football coach at St. Paul’s Epsicopal School, has even went as far as to hire an assistant to monitor his player’s social media accounts.

Herb Hand, Penn State offensive line coach, went to twitter to release frustration after one of his recruits went wrong in 2014.

“Dropped another prospect this AM due to his social media presence … Actually glad I got to see the ‘real’ person before we offered him,” Hand tweeted.

It’s not just athletic coaches that check up on students’ social media. 67 percent of college universities in Chicago admit to looking at their prospective students’ social media accounts to protect their school’s reputation, according to

Along with sports and college admissions, some jobs will check up to see just who they’re hiring, too.