Do students need a social media safeguard?

Late-night social media posts could have a lasting impact for students.

For college students prone to posting 2 a.m. Facebook status updates detailing the party they just stumbled from, there’s a new web application that might save them from themselves.

Freshmen orientation lessons about how to use popular social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook have become commonplace in higher education, as graduate schools and employers scour the sites for potentially incriminating social media posts—pictures that students wouldn’t want their parents to see and tweets betraying their post-party state of mind on a Friday night.

Now, the makers of a free new application released this month, Social Media Sobriety Test, say they can help college students—and anyone fearful of wayward social media posts—create a firewall between themselves and their mishaps on social networking websites.

The app, made by Colorado-based internet security company Webroot, gave the Sobriety Test a simple slogan: “Protecting you from all possible threats, even yourself.”

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