LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, recently lowered its age requirement for those who want to create a profile on their site. High school students now have an opportunity to create a more formal profile for themselves that includes work experience, but excludes any silly posts from friends that may come across as immature.
In addition, LinkedIn has launched a feature called "University Pages" that allows schools to create landing pages for themselves on the network. While these pages are intended to provide students - and parents - with information about the school, they can also allow for students to see which of their connections attended the school. Students could then feasibly reach out to these alums as a way of attempting to improve their own chances of admission.
While these tools are still very new, it is an interesting use of technology in the ever-competitive world of college admissions. And while connecting with colleges as a high school student may seem like a good idea, parents should still make sure that their child is exercising an appropriate amount of caution when creating an online profile of any sort.
Admissions officers can see anything you post publicly online, and may be more likely to search for your name after you show interest on the LinkedIn University Page. Check your privacy settings, and make sure you delete anything that you wouldn't feel comfortable sharing in public.