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Teens should think twice before posting an online resume.

What parents need to know

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.


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

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: discussion, presenting to others, writing
Skills:Self-Direction: achieving goals, initiative, self-reflection
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, collecting data, strategy
Communication: conveying messages effectively
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, making wise decisions
Tech Skills: social media
Genre:Social Networking
Price:Free to $49.95 monthly for Premium account
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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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 more productive and successful. Our services are designed to promote economic opportunity for our members by enabling you and millions of other professionals to meet, exchange ideas, learn, and find opportunities or employees, work, and make decisions in a network of trusted relationships. 1.2. Agreement When you use our Services (including Slideshare and Pulse), you are entering into a legal agreement and you agree to all of these terms. You also agree to our Privacy Policy, which covers how we collect, use, share, and store your personal information. You agree that by clicking “Join Now” “Join LinkedIn”, “Sign Up” or similar, registering, accessing or using our services (including LinkedIn, SlideShare, Pulse, our related mobile apps, developer platforms, premium services, or any content or information provided as part of these services, collectively, “Services”), you are entering into a legally binding agreement (even if you are using our Services on behalf of a company). If you reside in the United States, your agreement is with LinkedIn Corporation and if you reside outside of the United States, your agreement is with LinkedIn Ireland (each, “LinkedIn” or “we”). This “Agreement” includes this User Agreement and the Privacy Policy, and other terms that will be displayed to you at the time you first use certain features (such as starting a “Group,” downloading one of our software applications or purchasing advertisements or InMails™), as may be amended by LinkedIn from time to time. If you do not agree to this Agreement, do NOT click “Join Now” (or similar) and do not access or otherwise use any of our Services. Registered users of our Services are “Members” and unregistered users are “Visitors”. This Agreement applies to both. Back to Top 2. Obligations 2.1. Service Eligibility Here are some promises you make to us in this Agreement: You're eligible to enter into this Agreement and you are at least our “Minimum Age.” To use the Services, you agree that: (1) you must be the “Minimum Age” (defined below) or older; (2) you will only have one LinkedIn account (and/or one SlideShare or Pulse account, if applicable), which must be in your real name; and (3) you are not already restricted by LinkedIn from using the Services. “Minimum Age” means (a) 18 years old for the People's Republic of China, (b) 16 years old for the Netherlands, (c) 14 years old for the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, Australia and South Korea, and (d) 13 years old for all other countries. However, if law requires that you must be older in order for LinkedIn to lawfully provide the Services to you (including the collection, storage and use of your information) then the Minimum Age is such older age. The Services are not for use by anyone under the age of 13. 2.2. Your Membership You'll keep your password a secret. You will not share an account with anyone else and will follow our rules and the law. As between you and others, your account belongs to you. You agree to: (1) try to choose a strong and secure password; (2) keep your password secure and confidential; (3) not transfer any part of your account (e.g., connections, groups) and (4) follow the law and the Dos and Don'ts below. You are responsible for anything that happens through your account unless you close it or report misuse. Note that for Premium Services purchased by another party for you to use (e.g. Recruiter seat bought by your employer), the party paying for the Premium Service controls such an account (which is different from your personal account) and may terminate your access to it. 2.3 Payment You'll honor your payment obligations and you are okay with us storing your payment information. Also, there may be fees and taxes that are added to our prices. We don't guarantee refunds. If you purchase any of our paid Services (“Premium Services”), you agree to pay us the applicable fees and taxes. Failure to pay these fees may result in the termination of your subscription. Also: Your purchase may be subject to foreign exchange fees or differences in prices based on location (e.g. exchange rates). You authorize us to store and continue billing your payment method (e.g. credit card) even after it has expired, to avoid interruptions in your service (e.g. subscriptions) and to facilitate easy payment for new services. You must pay us for applicable fees and taxes unless you cancel the Premium Service, in which case you agree to still pay these fees through the end of the applicable subscription period. Learn how to cancel or change your Premium Services and read about LinkedIn's refund policy. Taxes are calculated based on the billing information that you provide us at the time of purchase. For LinkedIn, you can get a copy of your invoice through your account settings under “Purchase History” for SlideShare you can request your invoice through Customer Support. 2.4. Notices and Service Messages You're okay with us using our websites, mobile apps, and email to provide you with important notices. This Agreement applies to mobile applications as well. Also, you agree certain additional information can be shared with us. If the contact information you provide isn't up to date, you may miss out on these notices. You agree that we may provide notices to you in the following ways: (1) a banner notice on the Service, or (2) an email sent to an address you provided, or (3) through other means including mobile number, telephone, or mail. You agree to keep your contact information up to date. Please review your and settings to control and limit what kind of messages you receive from us. 2.5. Messages and Sharing When you share information, others can see, copy and use that information. Our Services allow messaging and sharing of information in many ways, such as your profile, slide deck, links to news articles, job postings, InMails and blogs. Information and content that you share or post may be seen by other Members or, if public, by Visitors. Where we have made settings available, we will honor the choices you make about who can see content or information (e.g., sharing to a group instead of your network, changing the default setting for SlideShare content from public to a more restricted view, limiting your profile visibility, or not letting people know when you change your profile, make recommendations or follow companies). Note that other activities, such as applying for a job or sending an InMail, are by default private, only visible to the addressee(s). We are not obligated to publish any information or content on our Service and can remove it in our sole discretion, with or without notice. Back to Top 3. Rights and Limits 3.1. Your License to Linkedin You own all of the content, feedback, and personal information you provide to us, but you also grant us a non-exclusive license to it. We'll honor the choices you make about who gets to see your information and content. You promise to only provide information and content that you have the right to share, and that your LinkedIn profile will be truthful. As between you and LinkedIn, you own the content and information that you submit or post to the Services and you are only granting LinkedIn the following non-exclusive license: A worldwide, transferable and sublicensable right to use, copy, modify, distribute, publish, and process, information and content that you provide through our Services, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or others. These rights are limited in the following ways: You can end this license for specific content by deleting such content from the Services, or generally by closing your account, except (a) to the extent you shared it with others as part of the Service and they copied or stored it and (b) for the reasonable time it takes to remove from backup and other systems. We will not include your content in advertisements for the products and services of others (including sponsored content) to others without your separate consent. However, we have the right, without compensation to you or others, to serve ads near your content and information, and your comments on sponsored content may be visible as noted in the Privacy Policy. We will get your consent if we want to give others the right to publish your posts beyond the Service. However, other Members and/or Visitors may access and share your content and information, consistent with your settings and degree of connection with them. While we may edit and make formatting changes to your content (such as translating it, modifying the size, layout or file type or removing metadata), we will not modify the meaning of your expression. Because you own your content and information and we only have non-exclusive rights to it, you may choose to make it available to others, including under the terms of a Creative Commons license. You agree that we may access, store and use any information that you provide in accordance with the terms of the Privacy Policy and your privacy settings. By submitting suggestions or other feedback regarding our Services to LinkedIn, you agree that LinkedIn can use and share (but does not have to) such feedback for any purpose without compensation to you. You agree to only provide content or information if that does not violate the law nor anyone's rights (e.g., without violating any intellectual property rights or breaching a contract). You also agree that your profile information will be truthful. LinkedIn may be required by law to remove certain information or content in certain countries. 3.2. Service Availability We may change or discontinue any of our Services. We can't promise to store or keep showing any information and content you've posted. We may change, suspend or end any Service, or change and modify prices prospectively in our discretion. To the extent allowed under law, these changes may be effective upon notice provided to you. LinkedIn is not a storage service. You agree that we have no obligation to store, maintain or provide you a copy of any content or information that you or others provide, except to the extent required by applicable law and as noted in Section 3.1 of our Privacy Policy 3.3. Other Content, Sites and apps When you see or use others' content and information posted on our Services, it's at your own risk. Third parties may offer their own products and services through LinkedIn, and we aren't responsible for those third-party activities. By using the Services, you may encounter content or information that might be inaccurate, incomplete, delayed, misleading, illegal, offensive or otherwise harmful. LinkedIn generally does not review content provided by our Members. You agree that we are not responsible for third parties' (including other Members') content or information or for any damages as result of your use of or reliance on it. You are responsible for deciding if you want to access or use third party apps or sites that link from our Services. If you allow a third party app or site to authenticate you or connect with your LinkedIn account, that app or site can access information on LinkedIn related to you and your connections. Third party apps and sites have their own legal terms and privacy policies, and you may be giving others permission to use your information in ways we would not. Except to the limited extent it may be required by applicable law, LinkedIn is not responsible for these other sites and apps -- use these at your own risk. Please see Sections 2.6 and 2.7 of the Privacy Policy. 3.4. Limits We have the right to limit how you connect and interact on our Services. We're providing you notice about our intellectual property rights. LinkedIn reserves the right to limit your use of the Services, including the number of your connections and your ability to contact other Members. LinkedIn reserves the right to restrict, suspend, or terminate your account if LinkedIn believes that you may be in breach of this Agreement or law or are misusing the Services (e.g. violating any Do and Don'ts). LinkedIn reserves all of its intellectual property rights in the Services. For example, LinkedIn, SlideShare, LinkedIn (stylized), the SlideShare and “in” logos and other LinkedIn trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with LinkedIn are trademarks or registered trademarks of LinkedIn. Other trademarks and logos used in connection with the Services may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Back to Top 4. Disclaimer and Limit of Liability 4.1. No Warranty This is our disclaimer of legal liability for the quality, safety, or reliability of our Services. TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED UNDER LAW, LINKEDIN (AND THOSE THAT LINKEDIN WORKS WITH TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES) (A) DISCLAIM ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS (E.G. WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCURACY OF DATA, AND NONINFRINGEMENT); (B) DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE SERVICES WILL FUNCTION WITHOUT INTERRUPTION OR ERRORS, AND (C) PROVIDE THE SERVICE (INCLUDING CONTENT AND INFORMATION) ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. SOME LAWS DO NOT ALLOW CERTAIN DISCLAIMERS, SO SOME OR ALL OF THESE DISCLAIMERS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. 4.2. Exclusion of Liability These are the limits of legal liability we may have to you. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER LAW (AND UNLESS LINKEDIN HAS ENTERED INTO A SEPARATE WRITTEN AGREEMENT THAT SUPERSEDES THIS AGREEMENT), LINKEDIN (AND THOSE THAT LINKEDIN WORKS WITH TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES) SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR OTHERS FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, OPPORTUNITIES, REPUTATION, PROFITS OR REVENUES, RELATED TO THE SERVICES (E.G. OFFENSIVE OR DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS, DOWN TIME OR LOSS, USE OR CHANGES TO YOUR INFORMATION OR CONTENT). IN NO EVENT SHALL THE LIABILITY OF LINKEDIN (AND THOSE THAT LINKEDIN WORKS WITH TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES) EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE FOR ALL CLAIMS, AN AMOUNT THAT IS THE LESSER OF (A) FIVE TIMES THE MOST RECENT MONTHLY OR YEARLY FEE THAT YOU PAID FOR A PREMIUM SERVICE, IF ANY, OR (B) US $1000. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS PART OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN YOU AND LINKEDIN AND SHALL APPLY TO ALL CLAIMS OF LIABILITY (E.G. WARRANTY, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, CONTRACT, LAW) AND EVEN IF LINKEDIN HAS BEEN TOLD OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH DAMAGE, AND EVEN IF THESE REMEDIES FAIL THEIR ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. SOME LAWS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THESE LIMITS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. Back to Top 5. Termination We can each end this Agreement anytime we want. LinkedIn or You may terminate this Agreement at any time with notice to the other. On termination, you lose the right to access or use the Services. The following shall survive termination: Our rights to use and disclose your feedback; Members and/or Visitors'r rights to further re-share content and information you shared through the Service to the extent copied or re-shared prior to termination; Sections 4, 6 and 7 of this Agreement; Any amounts owed by either party prior to termination remain owed after termination. You can visit our Help Center to learn how to close your LinkedIn account, close your Pulse account, or close your Slideshare account. Back to Top 6. Dispute Resolution In the unlikely event we end up in a legal dispute, it will take place in California courts, applying California law. You agree that the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of laws rules, shall exclusively govern any dispute relating to this Agreement and/or the Services. We both agree that all of these claims can only be litigated in the federal or state courts of Santa Clara County, California, USA, and we each agree to personal jurisdiction in those courts. Back to Top 7. General Terms Here are some important details about how to read the Agreement. If a court with authority over this Agreement finds any part of it not enforceable, you and us agree that the court should modify the terms to make that part enforceable while still achieving its intent. If the court cannot do that, you and us agree to ask the court to remove that unenforceable part and still enforce the rest of this Agreement. To the extent allowed by law, the English version of this Agreement is binding and other translations are for convenience only. This Agreement (including additional terms that may be provided by us when you engage with a feature of the Services) is the only agreement between us regarding the Services and supersedes all prior agreements for the Services. If we don't act to enforce a breach of this Agreement, that does not mean that LinkedIn has waived its right to enforce this Agreement. You may not assign or transfer this Agreement (or your membership or use of Services) to anyone without our consent. However, you agree that LinkedIn may assign this Agreement to its affiliates or a party that buys it without your consent. There are no third party beneficiaries to this Agreement. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Agreement and will provide you notice if we do and we agree that changes cannot be retroactive. If you don't agree to these changes, you must stop using the Services. You agree that the only way to provide us legal notice is at the addresses provided in Section 10. Back to Top 8. LinkedIn “DOs” and “DON’Ts.” 8.1. Dos. You agree that you will: Comply with all applicable laws, including, without limitation, privacy laws, intellectual property laws, anti-spam laws, export control laws, tax laws, and regulatory requirements; Provide accurate information to us and keep it updated; Use your real name on your profile; Use the Services in a professional manner. 8.2. Don'ts. You agree that you will not: Act dishonestly or unprofessionally, including by posting inappropriate, inaccurate, or objectionable content; Add content that is not intended for, or inaccurate for, a designated field (e.g. submitting a telephone number in the “title” or any other field, or including telephone numbers, email addresses, street addresses or any personally identifiable information for which there is not a field provided by LinkedIn); Use an image that is not your likeness or a head-shot photo for your profile; Create a false identity on LinkedIn; Misrepresent your current or previous positions and qualifications; Misrepresent your affiliations with a person or entity, past or present; Misrepresent your identity, including but not limited to the use of a pseudonym; Create a Member profile for anyone other than yourself (a real person); Invite people you do not know to join your network; Use or attempt to use another's account; Harass, abuse or harm another person; Send spam or other unwelcomed communications to others; Scrape or copy profiles and information of others through any means (including crawlers, browser plugins and add-ons, and any other technology or manual work); Act in an unlawful, libelous, abusive, obscene, discriminatory or otherwise objectionable manner; Disclose information that you do not have the right to disclose (such as confidential information of others (including your employer)); Violate intellectual property rights of others, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights or other proprietary rights; Violate the intellectual property or other rights of LinkedIn, including, without limitation, using the word “LinkedIn” or our logos in any business name, email, or URL except as provided in the Brand Guidelines; Use LinkedIn invitations to send messages to people who don't know you or who are unlikely to recognize you as a known contact; Post any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation unauthorized by LinkedIn; Send messages to distribution lists, newsgroup aliases, or group aliases; Post anything that contains software viruses, worms, or any other harmful code; Manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any message or post transmitted through the Services; Create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution. Creating or operate a pyramid scheme, fraud or other similar practice; Copy or use the information, content or data of others available on the Services (except as expressly authorized); Copy or use the information, content or data on LinkedIn in connection with a competitive service (as determined by LinkedIn); Copy, modify or create derivative works of LinkedIn, the Services or any related technology (except as expressly authorized by LinkedIn); Reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, decipher or otherwise attempt to derive the source code for the Services or any related technology, or any part thereof; Imply or state that you are affiliated with or endorsed by LinkedIn without our express consent (e.g., representing yourself as an accredited LinkedIn trainer); Rent, lease, loan, trade, sell/re-sell access to the Services or related any information or data; Sell, sponsor, or otherwise monetize a LinkedIn Group or any other feature of the Services, without LinkedIn's consent; Deep-link to our Services for any purpose other than to promote your profile or a Group on LinkedIn (as set forth in the Brand Guidelines), without LinkedIn's consent; Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices contained in or on our Service; Remove, cover or obscure any advertisement included on the Services; Collect, use, copy, or transfer any information obtained from LinkedIn without the consent of LinkedIn; Share or disclose information of others without their express consent; Use manual or automated software, devices, scripts robots, other means or processes to access, “scrape,” “crawl” or “spider” the Services or any related data or information; Use bots or other automated methods to access the Services, add or download contacts, send or redirect messages; Monitor the Services' availability, performance or functionality for any competitive purpose; Engage in “framing,” “mirroring,” or otherwise simulating the appearance or function of the Services; Access the Services except through the interfaces expressly provided by LinkedIn, such as its mobile applications, and; Override any security feature of the Services; Interfere with the operation of, or place an unreasonable load on, the Services (e.g., spam, denial of service attack, viruses, gaming algorithms); and/or Violate SlideShare's Community Guidelines or, if you're a commercial user of SlideShare, the SlideShare Commercial Terms of Service. I am in United States, so I must be at least 14.
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