YouTube is a video/media sharing website onthe internet. Anyone can create an account and put video onto this site. It is widely popular as both an entertainment and educational forum.People can search videos for cute animal tricks, people tripping down stairs, or instructions for making a paper airplane.
60 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube every second. Over 4 billion videos are viewed a day Over 3 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube 500 years of YouTube video are watched every day on Facebook, and over 700 YouTube videos are shared on Twitter each minute 100 million people take a social action on YouTube (*likes, shares, comments, etc) every week* See Glossary At End
There is no way to know who a person really is online. It could really be a teenage peer for your child, or it could be an adult predator posing as such. Any personal information should not be divulged online. Any distinguishing landmarks, license plates, school paraphernalia, etc. can be viewed in videos and used to help track down the location of a person. Videos that are sexually provocative can be used to entice viewers – people need to be cautious about how the videos they post may be used. Cyber-bullying occurs – be mindful of what is being posted so that it is not hateful or hurtful. Likewise, report cyber-bullying when your child is a victim.
How old does my child have to be to use YouTube? Users are required to be 13 years to create an account. If at any time it is discovered that a user is under the age of 13, their account will be suspended. My child is being harassed through their account on YouTube. What do I do? You can block the harrassing user (see instructions further in Power Point) and you can also view YouTube’s harrassment page in their Safety Center (see links further on). How can I control what comments or content my children see? Our Safety Mode feature is one option. Safety Mode is an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or dont want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. When you opt in to Safety Mode, videos with potentially objectionable content or that have been age restricted will not show up in video search, related videos, playlists, shows and movies. Safety Mode does not remove content from the site but rather keeps it off the page for users who opt in. See the next page for instructions on opting in to Safety Mode.
Go to YouTube.comSafety Mode On: Click Safety Mode at the bottom of every page to open the preference setting Click On and Save to opt in You are now in Safety Mode!To opt out, open Preferences and Click Off and Save.
Locked Safety Mode: Sign in to your YouTube account Click Safety Mode at the bottom of every page to open the preference setting Click On and Save and Lock to opt in and lock this browser You are now in Locked Safety Mode! To opt out, open Preferences and Click Unlock Safety Mode. Enter your YouTube password to unlock Safety Mode.
Keep an open line of communication with your child. Let them know your concerns and be sure to listen to theirs. Discuss your favorite videos and theirs, maybe even view them together. Keep an eye on your child’s internet usage, whether YouTube or not. Know how they are using it, what they are viewing, what they are communicating and with whom. Consider investing in software filters that would block out certain websites and content. Think about a computer usage/safety contract (see next slide).
http://www.fosi.org/resources/257-fosi- safety-contract.html Use this website as a guide for creating your own personal contract. This is a document designed, agreed-upon and signed by both parent(s) and child(ren). It serves to uphold certain guidelines and agreements regarding internet use and security measures between parents and children.
Cyber-bullying: using an online platform – such as Facebook or YouTube – to cause potential harm or embarrassment to others. Teens may specifically use these platforms to make fun of or spread rumors about classmates, neighbors, friends, etc. In some instances this tactic has lead to serious problems and even the suicides of some teenagers. ”Likes”: when specifically related to social media such as YouTube or Facebook, the act of clicking a “like” button on the website to signify one’s approval or empathy or just plain enjoyment of a video (or photo, status update, link, etc.) “Shares”: when specifically related to social media such as YouTube or Facbook, the act of copying a link to one person’s video, photo, status, etc. and posting it on your own page, giving credit to the original poster. Social Media: platforms, primarily online, where people can gather to interact with each other through written communication and the sharing of photos, videos, and links to other websites. Upload: the act of taking a photo, video or text and putting it onto the internet Website: a place on the internet where people can find information about a variety of topics. Frequently used by businesses, organizations or individuals to promote goods and services offered. YouTube: a social media website where people can place videos online for others to view.
The information in this presentation, as well as additional resources and information, can be found on the following web pages: http://www.netsmartz.org/safety/statistics http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide http://www.fosi.org/resources/257-fosi-safety-contract.html http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer =126289 http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en- GB&answer=174084 http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en- GB&answer=126262 http://www.youtube.com/t/press_statistics