As students get older, I know they start using social media on a very regular basis. Social media can be an incredible tool. Potential college coaches may reach out to you on it and any current coaches also follow your social media.
Some of you may not know but I spent 5 years managing social media for companies and local radio stations. As a result, I do occasionally check everyone’s social media. I don’t check it because I care about a cool flower you just took a picture of or that you’re enjoying a Big Mac (GROSS), but I do watch for any bad-mouthing of coaches, the school and most importantly fellow players in the program.
Negativity radiates on social media faster than anything positive. It’s just like the local news. Think about the stories … how many are positive? Most people only remember the negative. Negative sticks with you. Thankfully, I know many people are trying to lead a positive life and ignore negative people.
I strongly suggest student-athletes do not post negative things on social media, especially about people and the school that supports you. How do you think this looks to colleges when they recruit you? Colleges are screening social media as you apply – businesses have been doing this for years. If you preach being positive around some people and then spew hate behind a screen – it’s all the same nowadays.
I have already seen it this summer and I definitely saw it last year. This makes me sad and does not reflect well upon those who authored the post or was in favor of it.
I encourage people to share this with their athletes or young children. Negative posts can always be found and will likely be seen by those you speak ill of. If you need to talk to a person – talk to them. Remember, nothing in social media ever disappears. Make sure you are AWESOME on it and attract those who act the same.
Your parents should always know what sites you are on and your account handles. If you don’t want to be friends with them or have them follow you, I encourage you to use a password for all of your social media accounts so they can check it.
Y’all have a great time off! If you are traveling – be safe. See everyone in a week plus few days!
Personally, I am signing off social media for a few days. I’d suggest you all do the same! It’s nice to see the world through something other than a phone. If anyone needs me until the Friday before we start practice please use my Google number (text), email or Remind.
The guy who has been here since day one!