Making social media safe for kids


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Making Social Media Safe for Kids - A short introduction of the major social networking tools and their privacy settings, as well as useful tips for teaching your kids to be safe online.

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Making social media safe for kids

  1. 1. Making Social Media  Safe for Kids Sponsored by:
  2. 2. Presentation Goals <ul><li>Explain the various privacy settings on the major social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace) </li></ul><ul><li>Share tips on teaching your kids about social media and communicating online </li></ul><ul><li>Provide resources for further research </li></ul>*It is much easier to talk to your kids about being safe online, if you are using the tools themselves. We strongly suggest setting up accounts on the sites we discuss.
  3. 3. Facebook <ul><li>Set-up an account on </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum age is 13 </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>To open your profile, click on your name. </li></ul><ul><li>To change your privacy settings, go to the ‘Account’ tab </li></ul>Home Screen
  5. 5. <ul><li>Click on the ‘Privacy Settings’ link </li></ul>
  6. 6. Privacy Settings <ul><li>First click on ‘Personal Information and Posts’ </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Children’s profiles should be set to be viewed by ‘Only Friends’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>For older children, you can set-up groups that are blocked from viewing certain information. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, pictures are not viewable by contacts labeled as ‘Professional’ </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>To create labels for your child’s friends, click ‘Edit Friends’ under the ‘Account’ Tab </li></ul><ul><li>All your child’s friends will appear. Click the drop down menu next to each name to label. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Back under Privacy Settings, you should also check your child’s search restrictions. </li></ul><ul><li>Children should be searchable only to friends and should not appear in public search results. </li></ul>
  11. 11. MySpace <ul><li>Set-up an account at </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum age is 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Less privacy settings and minimal control over profile compared to Facebook </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>This is an example of a profile page. </li></ul><ul><li>To view privacy settings, click on ‘My Account’ tab </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Children’s profiles should be restricted to ‘My friends only’ </li></ul><ul><li>Photos should not be permitted to be shared or emailed </li></ul>
  14. 14. Twitter <ul><li>Set-up account at </li></ul><ul><li>No minimum age </li></ul><ul><li>Everything public and available to search engines (unless protected profile) </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>This is what your home page will look like. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on ‘Settings’ to change privacy settings </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Child’s username should not reflect their real name </li></ul><ul><li>Others should not be able to find by email address </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet location should not be checked </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>At the bottom of the screen, you will see a box for protect my tweets. </li></ul><ul><li>Checking this box will give you complete control over who sees your information, and tweet stream. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>A child’s profile should not have their location or a picture of themselves. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other Tools <ul><li>Parents should also be aware of the following social media sites/tools: </li></ul><ul><li>Chatroulette is a video messaging tool that assigns you to chat with random people. </li></ul><ul><li>There have been several reports of inappropriate behavior and nudity. </li></ul><ul><li>Foursquare is a geo-location application that awards points for ‘check-ins’ at businesses, points-of-interest, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>A child’s location should not be broadcasted. Predators could pick up on patterns and schedules. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Benefits of social media for kids <ul><li>Opportunity to practice communication skills at a younger age: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs: Kids express themselves, learn to form paragraphs and establish a flow in their writing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connect with out-of-state family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to establish themselves and profile projects for colleges/jobs </li></ul>
  21. 21. Teaching your kids about social media <ul><li>Establish expectations at an early age: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phones: Overages must be paid by child, restricted phones for younger kids (only dial home, 9-1-1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Never give out personal information: address, phone, email, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t click on links that you don’t know who they’re from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only watch YouTube when parents are in the room </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limit time on Internet to when parents are home or for certain length (1 hour after dinner, when homework is done) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Resources Search &quot;internet safety&quot; on
  23. 23. Resources (cont.) <ul><li>  Watch PBS Frontline episode “Growing Up Online” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. pbs .org/ wgbh /pages/frontline/ kidsonline / </li></ul><ul><li>For more information on particular tools: </li></ul><ul><li>www. facebook .com/safety </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>To watch the video of the “Making Social Media Safe for Kids” panel discussion, visit: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  24. 24. Special Thanks to: <ul><li>Oden Hughes </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Moriarty </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Barr </li></ul><ul><li>Tyler Hurst </li></ul><ul><li>Casaundra Brown </li></ul><ul><li>Calie Waterhouse </li></ul><ul><li>Devon Adams </li></ul><ul><li>The Unwin Family </li></ul>MADCAP Theater Social Media Club Phoenix Raising Arizona Kids  East Valley Tribune Charlene Kingston Banner Health PV Mom's Club