Digital life middle school presentation at Great Neck South Middle
A Digital Life
Our Children and Media
A presentation by Heather Peretz, M.Ed.
Who am I ?
Techie- Early adopter of technology in
the classroom. Staff Developer, Certified
in YouTube Digital Citizenship
Teacher- I am currently a middle school
special education teacher, 20 yrs
experience, taught k-8
Mom- Mother of 2 boys 8 & 11
Growing up digital
How do teens use Social Media?
Your Kids and Social
16% of teen social media users have
set up their profile to automatically
include their location in posts.
19% have posted updates, comments,
photos, or videos that they later regret
26% say they post false info like name,
age or location to help protect privacy.
As internet users, we need to take
an active role in protecting our
privacy and safety, and to help our
children do the same by teaching
them about online behavior and
how to be responsible digital
Image Credit: Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock
According to a study, around 80% of parents said
that they don’t even know how to find out what
their kids are doing online. (internet-saftey-yoursphere.com)
Children growing up with the technology available today lead to the
label “digital natives”- coined by Mark Prensky
Kids may know how to use tech but are they using it to create and
Though we are labeled the "immigrants" we need to guide our
children to use the tech responsibly – Digital Citizenship
Kids need limits - The American Academy
of Pediatrics recently issued guidelines for
model an effective "media diet"
create a media use plan for your
What's your Media Diet?
How much time do you
spend on your computer?
How often do your children
see you using some type
Where are you starting from? How
much TV, screen time is already
What counts as screen time?
How will you introduce new rules Different rules for different age
Where are screens kept? Charged?
Determine a technology allowance
Our children are leaving digital footprints and
it's our job to help them create lasting
Creating a Positive
With great power comes great
Have the important discussions
about technology - what's ok to
Share your own digital footprint
A definition of digital
Whether we're comfortable with it or not, digital footprints—which
Richardson defines as "online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and
by association, what we know"—are an inevitable by-product of life in a
Instead of teaching students to be afraid of what others can learn about
them online, let's teach them how digital footprints can quickly connect
them to the individuals, ideas, and opportunities that they care most about.
What information about you can be tracked?
the websites you visit
what time of day
the search and key words you use
your location while browsing
your IP address (unique online identity)
what you said
Who you interact with
what you search for
what is said about you
What you say in your emails, texts and social
What you like or share on social media
how much money you spend
how old you are
where you live
if you were mentioned or quoted in a news
story or blog post.
Thinking Critically About
At home……parents play a big role in helping children
become media literate. It doesn't require a degree or
special classes, just a little time and attention. Talk to
your kids. Ask them about what they see, what they
understand, and how they are affected. Many helpful
ideas for parents can be found online.
Declaration of Digital Citizens
“Responsible use of digital tools and technologies should be
based on a universal and preventative mindset that digital
activity is public and permanent, and interaction with other
digital citizens through digital means should be: consensual
non-exploitative honest, and; legal.” - See more at:
Institute the Grandma
If you wouldn't want your grandma to see it don’t post
Settings for iDevices
How do I turn off or restrict ...
What you should know
Name, profile picture, cover
photo are public
Privacy settings work differently
for minors than adults
Can control how they share info
and set their privacy
Geo-location option should be
off at all times.
An account can be created
online with just an email
Settings can only
be changed on
Make sure geo-location is disabled
Set your child’s account to Private
can be taken of shared content
Sends photos or video that only
last on the screen for 1-10
A website and an app
Social Q&A website
Launched in 2010.
Users “ask” other members to submit questions.
The responses can be received anonymously.
What you should know
Closely supervise use of this site.
Anyone on Ask.fm, and on the
Web can see your profile
Replies are publicly viewable.
Can choose to remove
Vine & Twitter
6 second video posts
17+ rating in app store
Nothing is Private
Too easy to find
140 character posts
Great as a
Can be set to only allow
tweets from “Friends”
social media site and app focused on
sharing short video clips
There are no options to set
your account to private.
Videos are shared and can be re-shared by any
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Bibliography and Resources