Fieldhouse Media Offers Universities Social Media Monitoring Without Violating the Privacy of Student-Athletes

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There has been a significant amount of negative press in regards to invasive tactics used by universities and the companies they use to monitor social media activity of their student-athletes. Monitoring is necessary, but it doesn't have to be invasive.

There has been a lot of criticism in recent weeks about the tactics used by several universities and the consultants hired to monitor student-athlete social media activity. Should a bill recently introduced in Maryland become law, some of these practices would become illegal.

Fortunately for universities which still want peace of mind about how their students are using social media, Fieldhouse Media provides an alternative.

Fieldhouse Media, a firm established to educate student-athletes on how to properly use social media, announced in January its social media monitoring service called FieldTrack. According to founder Kevin DeShazo, Fieldhouse can monitor student-athletes' online activity while respecting their privacy

"It's unfortunate that some in this industry have chosen to operate in such an invasive manner. FieldTrack is designed to protect the image of the student-athlete, while also respecting their privacy. We never have access to their private information."

DeShazo says that FieldTrack is an extension of the education and training provided by Fieldhouse. "Monitoring is necessary, but it should exist to supplement education. And it has to realize that, while yes it is the internet, there can be some privacy. I wanted a program that I would be comfortable with, should a school use it to monitor my child."

Bradley Shear, co-author of the Maryland bill, stated in a recent MSNBC article that while schools certainly have reason to be concerned with what student-athletes are posting online, that they should "deal with that issue the way they deal with everything else. They should educate."

DeShazo continues, "Education really is the key. It has to start there. Everything we do, from education to monitoring, is geared toward helping student-athletes make better decisions online."

About Fieldhouse Media:
Founded in 2011, Fieldhouse Media is a leader in social media education for student-athletes. With the perspective that social media is a valuable and powerful tool, Fieldhouse Media partners with athletic departments to educate student-athletes on how to use social media in a positive way. Through FieldTrack, they monitor social media activity to help protect the online image of student-athletes.

To learn more about Fieldhouse Media, contact Kevin DeShazo directly at:

kevin(at)fieldhousemedia(dot)net
405.535.6943
http://www.fieldhousemedia.net

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