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Teens and social media

The presentation from The Social Media Lowdown in Thunder Bay, Ontario on April 8th, 2013.

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Teens and social media

  1. 1. Teens & Social MediaAndrew CampbellApril 8th, 2013
  2. 2. An Introduction•Father•Educator•Technologist Kevin, Charlie & Patrick
  3. 3. What is Social Media? "Online communities where users share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (e.g. videos)"Approximately 75% of Canadians use social media (2012) 73% 35% 20% 20%
  4. 4. Who Is Using Social Media? Pew Institute Survey. US figures. Females more than males (+10%) Urban more than rural (+9%) No difference by household income
  5. 5. Parental Concerns50% parents are worried about their child’s social media use. (2012 Survey)
  6. 6. behavior (81%)
  7. 7. Child’s online interactions with strangers (72%)
  8. 8. How online activity might affect their future (69%)
  9. 9. Child’s online reputation (69%)
  10. 10. Heightened concerns for parents of younger children
  11. 11. Typical Parental Concerns? “Todays children love luxury, have bad manners, contempt for authority … and love chatter instead of exercise” Aristophanes: 400 B.C.E. “Young people of today think of nothing but themselves” Peter The Hermit: 12th Century
  12. 12. Juvenovia David Finkelhor – Director of the UNH Crimes Against Children Research Center"The exaggerated fear about the influence of social change on youth.” 8 Leading Indicators of Teen/Child Safety (last 5-10 years) Bullying Kids targeted by hate speech Youth Crime School Violence Teen Drug Use Rates Child Sexual Abuse Teen Sexual Activity & Pregnancies Teen suicide rate
  13. 13. Not Especially Dangerous "...there are dangers on the Internet...and Im fully supportive of an active police presence online, of hotlines, of putting pressure on Internet serviceproviders, and of social networking sites minimizing risk. But…we only need to know that there are dangers in order to warrant this. We dont have to argue that the internet and social media is especially dangerous”
  14. 14. Why Take The Risk?Social media might be protective, it might make negative behavior less likely.
  15. 15. Connections•common interests•varied backgrounds•creativity (sharing musicor art)•collaborate on schoolprojects•volunteering•raising money “Pediatrics” (2011)
  16. 16. Risk Taking•teenage brain•pre-frontal cortex•safe environment•wide social network These are NOT my kids!! :)
  17. 17. Uncovers Problems
  18. 18. DeterrenceIf everyone has a phone, everything you do can be recorded and shared
  19. 19. Communications Skills “Most Canadian organizations are using social media in some form”
  20. 20. Careers
  21. 21. Self Definition •Time of self definition •Unmediated public spaces to cluster •Trial & Error "When it comes to socializing with friends, youth prefer in-person (unregulated) encounters. They turn to (social media) when they can’t get together with their friends en masse or when they can’t get together without surveilling adults." (2008)
  22. 22. What Can Parents Do? QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  23. 23. Know Your Child• Assess the risk• Gradual release of responsibility• Shared accounts• Know the limits
  24. 24. Work With Technology
  25. 25. Have “The Talk”• Talk to your children about social media• Let them know what you expect• Never too young• Social networks are public spaces
  26. 26. Be A Role Model• Demonstrate how to use SM responsibly• Learn how to set your privacy setting so you can show your children.
  27. 27. Continue To Learn
  28. 28. For links and more