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  • 1. Facebook for Parents
    Parenting Across Social Media
    Monday, November 9th
    Winchester Public Library
  • 2. Introduction
    I’m Amelia Peloquin
    and I work as a technology consultant for libraries, nonprofits and small businesses.
    My areas of focus include budget-friendly web design, training and support, social media marketing and project management.
    Find me at:
  • 3. Please Note:
    For your reference, this slide presentation, associated handouts & links are available here:
  • 4. Kids are Connected
    Social media is omnipresent, and the majority of teens have an account on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.
    Teens are also spending lots of time texting and using the Internet with cell phones and other mobile devices (iPod touch, psp, etc.)
  • 5. Patterns of Use
    Source: Cox Communications May 2009 Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey
  • 6. Concerns for Parents
  • 7. Age-Appropriate Internet Use
    Mainstream social sites like Facebook require users to be 13+ but it’s easy to lie about age.
    Many parenting experts think teens are too young to use these sites safely—parental guidance is recommended!
    Seek kid-friendly sites (Club Penguin, Webkins) for younger children.
  • 8. Objectionable Content + Peers
    Hate groups
    Pro-anorexia groups
  • 9. Cyberbullying:
    abusive behavior among peers that is perpetrated through electronic means
    (cell phones, social network sites, Instant Messenger, etc.)
  • 10. Sexting & Other inappropriate photos/videos (i.e. drug/alcohol use)
    Source: Cox Communications May 2009 Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey
  • 11. Predators & Other Creeps
    Can be overblown in the media, but stranger danger is real.
    (That being said, kids are more likely to be bullied/harassed online by someone they know in person.)
  • 12. Phishing, ID Theft, Viruses/Spyware
    Many kids don’t know the basics about protecting your computer, email & other accounts.
    It can be easy to get tricked into giving up personal info.
    Most ads for “free” music downloads, ringtones, personality tests, etc are scams.
  • 13. Deceptive Ads
  • 14. Cyberbullying
  • 15. What is Cyberbullying?
    • Name-calling, threatening language & other verbal harassment
    • 16. Spreading embarrassing photos or video
    • 17. Sharing secrets without permission
    • 18. spreading rumors online
    • 19. Can involve trickery, exclusion, impersonation
  • Cyberbullying is commonplace.
    Source: Cox Communications May 2009 Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey
  • 20. Examples of Cyberbullying
    • Making or joining a Facebook group about someone
    • 21. Creating a fake account online to impersonate/ridicule a peer
    • 22. Creating or forwarding a YouTube video about someone
    • 23. Sending threatening messages over IM, text messages, email or on social sites like Facebook/MySpace/Twitter
  • Victims & Perpetrators Often Overlap
    Source: Cox Communications May 2009 Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey
  • 24. Stop it before it starts
    Talk to your child about ethical and responsible online behavior
    Set expectations for appropriate use of Internet & mobile devices
    Help your child recognize harassment and know what to do if victimized by peers online
  • 25. Know how to address the issue
    Know how to block cyberbullies on Facebook/MySpace/Twitter (see “Locking it Down” handout)
    Know how to report abusive content on social networking sites and photo/video sharing sites
    Consider talking to teachers and school administrators.
  • 26. Parenting Connected Kids
  • 27. General Advice for All Ages
    Understand what kids are doing online
    Know the risks and decide what’s appropriate
    Communicate your expectations with your child
    Be present!
  • 28. Parents of Young Children
    Talk about basic online safety
    Don’t talk to strangers online
    Don’t share passwords with anyone except parents
    Don’t share personal info like address, phone number, or name of school
  • 29. Parents of Young Children
    Create a “fenced-in” online space
    Use web browsers designed specifically for kids
    Limit social networking to age-appropriate sites like Club Penguin or Webkinz
  • 30. Parents of Young Children
    Actively supervise your child’s Internet use
    If you can’t sit and supervise, consider parental control options:
    OS-based parental controls
    Filtering home network traffic with Open DNS
    Filtering/monitoring software options
  • 31. Parents of Middle Schoolers
    Review Internet Safety basics
    Set specific guidelines and rules
    Don’t fill out forms from ads; “free” offers are usually scams
    Peer-to-peer software like Limewire generally leads to spyware and viruses
  • 32. Parents of Middle Schoolers
    On social sites like Facebook and MySpace
    No Strangers & don’t share personal info
    Set strict privacy settings! The default privacy settings on these sites are not private at all.
    Be a part of their online social network
    Know how to block harassing users & report abusive/inappropriate material
  • 33. Discuss public vs. private and consequences of inappropriate use
    Despite privacy controls, nothing posted online is ever really private
    Emails/IMs can be cut and pasted
    Embarrassing/Inappropriate photos and video can be easily forwarded to other people
  • 34. Talk about Cyberbullying
    Know how to recognize and respond to incidents of cyberbullying
    Block users & report abuse
    Don’t retaliate
    Promote responsible technology use
    Talk about ethical and responsible online behavior
    Set ground rules and expectations
  • 35. Parents of Older Teens
  • 36. Parents of Older Teens
    Ask to see their sites— they’re still under your roof.
    Reality check: If they’re posting photos & info they don’t want parents to see, they probably shouldn’t be posting it online in the first place.
  • 37. Parents of Older Teens
    Discuss Online Reputation
    Potential long-term consequences of inappropriate material on the internet: college admissions, future employment opportunities, etc…
  • 38. College and Beyond
    Although Facebook has gained popularity with older users over the last two years, many young people see the social web as “theirs.”
    Across our culture, we’re experiencing a lot of awkwardness and boundary issues.
  • 39.
  • 40. Parental Control Options
  • 41. Parental Control Options
    Parental controls within Windows and Mac OS
    Home Network controls with Open DNS
    Special browsers for young children
    Filtering/Monitoring Software (?)
  • 42. Parental Control Options
    Parental controls within Windows and Mac OS
    Current versions of operating systems allow you to set up accounts with limited access to administrative functions.
    This is a good way to protect your computer as well as your kid from viruses and other malware
    See tutorial links at
  • 43. Parental Control Options
    Filtering content at the home network level with Open DNS
    Better than pc-based filtering software, but can be difficult to set up for parents who aren’t tech-savvy.
    An incomplete solution: kids go online away from home and on mobile devices, too.
    Intellectual freedom & censorship issues: as a librarian, I personally don’t like filters.
  • 44. Parental Control Options
    PC-Based Filtering & Monitoring Software
    Good to consider if there’s been inappropriate behavior & repeated violations of trust
    Can be Problematic
    Kids use the Internet away from home + on mobiles
    Can block access to legitimate sites
    Tech-savvy teens can circumvent it
    Using spy software can be detrimental to your relationship with your teen
  • 45. In Conclusion
    Educate yourself as best as you can.
    Decide what you consider age-appropriate + set limits/boundaries accordingly.
    Be present and involved.
    Find what works for your family.
  • 46. Questions/Comments? Feedback?
    I’d love to know what you think of this workshop!
    Please fill out the (brief!) feedback survey at
    or email me at: