Lower School Social Media: Session #1


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Lower School Social Media: Session #1

  1. 1. Social Media: What Parents Need to Know
  2. 2. What Is Social Media Anyways?
  3. 3. The Five W’s of the Middle School Social Media Survey Who? – 80% of Middle Schoolers surveyed have smart phones. 80% of these smart phones are iPhones. What? – – – Schoolwide, the most popular platforms are Instagram, YouTube, and Skype but most students use a wide variety - some have accounts across ten or more platforms. 39% of students have opened an account without asking for permission from their parents. 48% of students indicated their parents do not know their passwords for their accounts. When? – The majority of students spend 0-2 hours a day on social media. Over half indicated they use social media ”occasionally” while doing homework or a school-related activity. Where? – Most students use social media at home: primarily in their bedroom or in a room shared by other family members. The third most popular destination is in the car. Why? – “It’s a good way to connect with my friends.” “It’s fun.” “It entertains me.” …or Why Not? – “It makes people overconfident.” “I’m not allowed until I’m 13.” “I don’t care if
  4. 4. Instagram What is it? A photo- and video-sharing and social networking app that was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 for $1B. – Similar to Facebook, users have the option to “tag” friends in pictures and videos 150 million users upload 40 million photos daily. Why is it fun? An artistic and hypervisual way for kids to dabble in amateur photography – or to see what their friends are doing 24-7. What are some of the dangers? A public account can be searched and is visible to all of Instagram’s users, opening photos and videos to online taunting or “trolling” via comments. There have been cases of cyberbullying via “code language” in the Middle School (ie: “Rate me on a scale of 1 – 10”).
  5. 5. Geo-Tagging Photos & Videos on Instagram After applying an Instagram filter and adding a caption to their photo or video, users can add a geotag, placing it on their photo map. This allows a user’s followers to open his or her exact location in Maps, essentially giving this gives followers immediate access to directions to their current location.
  6. 6. Instagram Sharing & Hashtags When uploading to Instagram, users have the option to share their photos, videos, and locations across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and foursquare. If users opt to share a photo with another social network that is public, it will show up to all of their friends/followers on that specific social network - even if their Instagram account is set to private. When typing a caption for an Instagram photo or video, users can include hashtags, similar to Twitter. A hashtag creates a hyperlink that links them to other users using the same hashtag if their photos are not private. ex: #TGIF, #selfies, #bored, #mancandymonday
  7. 7. Basic Instagram Privacy Settings By toggling posts to private while in the “options” section of his or her profile, the user can protect their photos and videos from public consumption. When privacy is turned on, the user must approve or deny future follower requests before people are able to see their photos.
  8. 8. Instagram Web Profiles While photos and videos can only be uploaded to Instagram from the mobile app, Instagram also creates a web profile for users that can be searched and viewed at instagram.com/username. Public profiles display every Instagram photo and video ever uploaded, while profiles that are set to private cannot be viewed unless already-approved followers are logged in. Public Web Profile Profile vs Private Web
  9. 9. Live Gaming What is it? A service that uses the internet to connect over 46 million subscribers for multiplayer gaming and social networking as well as make a wide variety of Internet-enabled content available to its users. Users can play with friends, connect to Facebook and Twitter, chat with other users, stream movies and TV shows, and more. The most popular platform is Xbox Live. Why is it fun? Users are able to connect and play games while communicating in real time with other players from all over the world. What are some of the dangers? Because users are faceless and known instead by created user names, trash talk and foul language among players is rampant. Identity theft is a less common threat for kids but still a reality due to malware, phishing emails, or security breaches.
  10. 10. Live Gaming Utilize parental controls – – Parents can control everything from how much time the console can be used on a daily basis to what games and video content can be viewed on the content. Parental controls are divided into two groups: console controls and online safety and privacy settings. Console controls are located in the Family Settings or Family Center. Privacy settings can be edited online under My Account. Set up an adult account for yourself and a child account for your child. Keep the gaming console in a place shared by multiple family members. Limit the amount of time your child uses his or her headphones to chat with others.
  11. 11. Skype What is it? A text, voice, and video service owned by Microsoft with over 250 million users worldwide. It can be used on a phone, a computer, a tablet, or a TV that has Skype on it. At peak times, there are an estimated 40 million users online. Skype can be linked with a user’s Microsoft and Facebook accounts. Why is it fun? The service gives kids a way to interact face-to-face with family members or friends who might live far away. It also offers another way for kids to chat outside of texting. What are some of the dangers? Similar to Xbox Live, Skype essentially invites strangers into your home - along with viruses and potential security breaches.
  12. 12. Skype Control who your kids are chatting with and use the block users option when necessary. Skypito – a free download created specifically for children ages 2-14. It mimics Skype but requires parents to preapprove (“white list”) who their children can talk or chat with.
  13. 13. YouTube What is it? A video-sharing website owned by Google that boasts more than 100 hours of video uploaded every minute with 1 billion unique users visiting the site each month. Why is it fun? Music videos, videos of people falling, DIY / tutorial videos – it runs the gamut. What are some of the dangers? Google Safe Search is not 100% accurate in filtering content you would rather your children not see. YouTube is also notorious for vicious commenters (“trolls”); the company announced in September 2013 they are taking measures to prevent “irrelevant” comments from showing up and making it more difficult for people to comment anonymously.
  14. 14. YouTube Safety Settings If you child uses YouTube to upload videos, protect their privacy by setting personal videos to “private” or “unlisted.” This requires other users to have a specific URL to view the video. Encourage your child to “flag” videos and users that may be inappropriate. This is an anonymous action. Check your child’s viewing history periodically by visiting Account > My Videos. Be warned: this can be cleared.
  15. 15. YouTube Safety Settings Enable – and lock - safety mode on your child’s phone or your family computer to hide videos that may contain inappropriate content that has been flagged. This also enables Google SafeSearch.
  16. 16. Ask.fm What is it? A website and app that allows its 65 million users – half of whom are under 18 – to anonymously ask and answer questions Why is it fun? Kids love to talk about themselves. Ask.fm enables them to do so anonymously. Why is it dangerous? There are hardly any privacy settings and no real identity controls. As of September 2013, nine teenage suicides have been connected to Ask.fm. In response, the company is beefing up abuse controls but these are not expected to be in effect until spring 2014.
  17. 17. Basic Ask.fm Safety Settings Do not allow your child to receive anonymous questions. Encourage your student to report harassing questions to the app developer using the report button located beneath the “ask” button. This will prevent a reported user from asking your child any more questions.