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  • 1. Social Media: What’s it all about?
    Social media is any form of online publication or presence that allows end users to engage in multi-directional interactions in or around the content on the website.
    A Social Network is a website, or network of websites, specifically established to allow end users to interact directly with each other on topics of mutual interest.
  • 3. Social Media Landscape
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  • 6. Social Media By the Numbers
    People Use Social Media More than Anything Else on the Internet
    22.7% of time – 43% growth over previous year
    More than 500 million active users
    50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
    Average user has 130 friends
    People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
    Twitter – 200 Million Users
    140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.
    177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
    456.Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).
  • 7. Twitter and Osama Bin Laden
  • 8. The world has Already Changed
  • 9. Determine their degree of involvement- If there is none, and they say there is none, don’t assume that. If it’s not happening in your house, don’t assume that it is not occurring next door, or in the school library or on the playground.
    Create ground rules for participation
    1) Start listening and monitoring to what is being said about your child online.
    2) Set up and create policies, rules and guidelines for participation in social media. Children will take advantage of the  zero social media policy.
    The more you know, the more you will be able to understand-What do you know and how much do you know will be critical; but more importantly, how much of what you think you know and is it accurate, might be crucial.
    The Rules of Engagement
  • 10. Ask the Tough Questions
    Do you really know everybody on your friends list?”
    “Do you ever get messages from strangers? How do you handle them?”
    “Do you know anyone who’s gone to meet someone offline they’d been talking to online?”
    “Are people in your group of friends ever mean to each other online or on the phone? What do they say? Have they ever been mean to you? Would you tell me if they were?”
    “Sometimes kids take nude or sexy photos and send them to others. Has that ever happened at your school?“
  • 11.
  • 12. Find Your Teen's Profile
    The first thing parents should do is find their child's profile. Kids have more than one online profile, so you have to find out how many your child has and where they are. You are entitled to know and the best way to find out is by asking your kids.
    Tailor the Profile to Fit Needs
    You need to understand why your child has a profile. Once you know why your child is on the site, you can make sure they're only giving the information they need to.
    Follow the Four Ps
    Don't let your child post anything publicly that parents, principals, predators or the police shouldn't see. Everyone is looking. And what you post on the Internet stays there forever.
    Use Privacy Settings
    Make sure your children use the most restrictive privacy settings available on the social networking site where they have a personal profile. Do only let your kids have their real-life friends as Internet buddies — the people you know about.
    Do Online Snooping
    Snoop on your children. You're allowed to do that. Follow the trail of cyber breadcrumbs. Look at their profiles regularly, and click on their friends' profiles.
    5 Safety Tips for Keeping Safe Online
  • 13. Know all social sites that your child are a part of
    Have access to all content pages that your child has created
    Know all user names, passwords and profiles that your child has created
    Know all email accounts with user names and passwords that your child has created
    Create rules of engagement on social sites that are built on being “accountable” to you for their actions-A 3 strikes rule is not a bad idea.
    Create your own accounts in these networks
    Explain that though you will have all this information, you will only access it, should there be a need to.
    Establish Trust.
    Understand that that trust may be breached
    Review the privacy settings in your child’s social networks and map it to their profiles and then review their profiles
    The 20 Point Checklist
  • 14. See who is following or “friending” your child and vice-versa.
    No adult, unless it’s a family member should be in any network that your child is part of.
    Explain the dark side of social networks to your child, there’s nothing wrong with being scared straight.
    Periodically evaluate the content they are sharing and consuming.
    Know what they are searching for
    Don’t forget or ignore texting and email. Establish usage guidelines for those as well. Never assume they are harmless or easy to manage.
    If you feel the need to establish time constraints for computer and phone usage, do it.
    No computers in the bedrooms. You are a parent, not a friend.
    If you have to shut it down-don’t feel guilty. Do it without remorse.
    The computer is not a babysitter. Talk to them.
    -Marc Meyer, Direct Marketing Observations
    The 20 Point Checklist
  • 15. Observe but Don’t Post
    Take your comments and conversation offline
    Commenting on your children's posts will cause them to become more secretive
  • 16. The Mobile Generation
    D46? =Down for sex?
    E= Ecstasy
    WTGP =Want to go private (talk out of public chat area)
    TDTM= Talk dirty to me
    SorG=Straight or Gay?
    RX= Meaning drugs or prescriptions
    PRON =pornography
    MOS =Mother over shoulder
    420= Lets get high
    9 =Parent is watching
    CD9 Code 9=“parents are around”
    AITR =Adult in the room
    ASL= Age/sex/location
    B/F =Boyfriend
    BTYCL = Bootycall
    CYE =Check your e-mail
    PIR= Parent in room
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  • 18. Top 50 Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know
    Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation
    Social Media for Parents
    Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide
    Help protect kids online: 4 things you can do
    Resources for Parents
  • 19. Q & A
    Presented by: Alex Goldberg
    Educational Technology Specialist
    Twitter: goldberg_edtech