LinkedIn

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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Teens should think twice before posting an online resume.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to create an online profile containing pertinent personal and educational background information -- a resume of sorts. Kids will find themselves thinking critically as they decide which information they'd like to share and how to make their best qualities shine. They'll also have to reflect on what makes them unique and strategize about how their personalities will come across to potential schools or employers. Although LinkedIn isn't as social as, say, Facebook, kids can make connections with peers, schools, and alumni, whom they can contact for advice.

Positive Messages

Kids who love being organized will feel good as they track achievements and goals.

Consumerism

LinkedIn often reminds users there's an option to upgrade to a paid account.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LinkedIn is a business-centered social network, mostly for adults who want to share resumes online. As of September 2013, kids 14 and up can join to learn more about colleges while building and sharing resumes. Teens can go to college and university pages for information on admissions, academics, financial aid, campus life, and extracurricular activities. They also can set up profiles and share information about their academic and work histories. However, teens and their parents should be cautious about what they post, as everything likely will be visible to admissions departments.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMaureen Goronson August 28, 2018

Don't give your bank account information to LinkedIn!

Don't give bank account information to LinkedIn! I signed up for a supposed 'free' LinkedIn Premium trial. I canceled after just 2 days because i... Continue reading
Adult Written bySean S. April 13, 2018

Linkedin is grabbing your personal data

Linkedin locked my account without reason or warning. They demanded a copy of my driver license to unlock it, which I foolishly sent them. The account is still... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old February 10, 2015

This is not for kids under 14. And this is used seriously!

This is serious. The Terms Of Service says " 1. Introduction 1.1. Purpose Our mission is to connect the world's professionals to allow them to be m... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKobathepomsky July 25, 2018

LinkedIn

This depends on the country you live in this is not because of sexuality

What's it about?

LinkedIn is a social-networking website that allows users to organize employment and educational information on a resume-like page, then share with potential contacts in the job world. After signing up with an email and password, you can list relevant career information, including education history, job experience, hobbies, and organization membership. You then add \"connections,\" which could be classmates, colleagues, employers, companies, or schools. The site will prompt you to \"see who you already know on LinkedIn\" by allowing access to your email contacts, but it's not required. Your contacts' updates will appear in your feed and vice versa. You can add personal skills or join groups you may find interesting. LinkedIn's new school pages list statistics, allow users to talk to alumni, and even discover on-campus job opportunities.

Is it any good?

So far, for kids, LinkedIn is a mixed bag. For older, more motivated kids already knee-deep in the competitive college admissions game, it may feel natural: another opportunity to make themselves known. Younger, more enterprising teens might find after-school or summer jobs. However, for most 14-year-olds, joining LinkedIn probably isn't necessary. Nothing put on the Internet ever truly disappears, so kids should be as wary here as they are on Facebook, if not more.

In terms of how LinkedIn will work for college-bound graduates, there are a lot of unanswered questions. Will an overstuffed profile become a must? If so, how will underprivileged kids -- those without reliable computer access or who go to schools that don't offer many extracurriculars -- fare? It isn't clear how much personal information LinkedIn collects from kids' profiles or if it's used for advertising. Also, is it even healthy for kids to be so future-focused?

On the plus side, the site has a lot of quality college information. The statistics are really helpful in seeing where alumni excel post-graduation. Kids can get personalized advice and updates on their schools of choice and even learn about on-campus job opportunities. Modern kids are used to putting themselves out there online, and LinkedIn could prove to be a positive, empowering tool. Nevertheless, keep in mind that some of the most important parts of growing up simply aren't quantifiable on a resume. Sometimes being a kid means...just being a kid.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Show your kid some of the information you've shared about your career and life. How much is too much?

  • Encourage your kids to feel confident about themselves as students and people, even if their achievements may not translate to paper.

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For kids who love social networking

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