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Social Media Training for Parents: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online


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Social Media Training for Parents: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

  1. 1. Parent Social Media Training: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online November 14, 2012            
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda•  Sites  kids  are  using  •  Sta.s.cs  on  Kids  usage  online  •  Top  Safety  Tips  for  Kids  Online  •  Tell  your  kids  •  Safety  Contract  •  Facebook  &  Twi=er-­‐  Profile  SeAngs  •  Instagram-­‐  Facts  •  Monitoring  Tools  •  Resources  
  3. 3. SITES  KIDS  ARE  USING  MOST  •  Twi%er:  Informa.on  network  that  brings  people  closer  to  what’s  important  to   them.  Used  to  collect  interests,  share  info,  and  find  out  what’s  happening  in  the   world.  Write  and  share  messages  up  to  140  characters  for  anyone  to  read  whether   they  are  logged  in  or  not.  •  Facebook:  Social  networking  site  launched  in  2004  with  one  billion  users.     AVer  a  profile  you  can  add  users  as  friends  and  exchange  messages  and   post  updates  that  can  be  seen  by  your  circle  of  friends  or  by  anyone  on  Facebook.   Users  can  create  profiles,  add  photos,  list  personal  interests,  and  contact   informa.on.  Facebook  users  can  “like”  pages,  places  and  groups  to  follow  updates   from  them.  •  Instagram:  Free  photo-­‐sharing  program  and  social  network  launched  in  2010.   Service  enables  users  to  take  photos,  apply  digital  filters  and  then  share  it  with   other  Instagram  users  as  well  as  a  variety  of  social  media  networks.  Currently  has   100  million  registered  users.  Facebook  owned.  
  4. 4. STATISTICS  ON  KIDS  ONLINE  •  96% of teens use social networking applications such as Facebook, MySpace, Chat rooms, and blogs•  Only 15% of parents are “in the know” about their kids’ social networking habits, and how these behaviors can lead to cyberbullying•  69% of teens regularly receive online communications from strangers and don’t tell a parent or caretaker•  The largest group of Internet porn consumers is children ages 12-17; Law enforcement officials estimate that more than 50,000 sexual predators are online at any given moment•  44% of tweens admitted they’ve watched something online they shouldn’t have•  Female teens are far more likely than male teens to post personal photos or videos of themselves online•  69% of social media-using teens think that peers are mostly kind to each other on social networking sites, however, 88% of teens have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social networking site•  41% of social media-using teens have experienced at least one negative outcome as a result of using a social networking site•  More than 25% of Facebook users last year were under the age of 10 and 38% under 13.•  Only 18% of parents with children under 10 on Facebook are actually "friends" with their child on the site•  22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day•  72% of teens have a social networking profile and nearly half (47%) have a public profile viewable by anyone
  5. 5. TOP  SAFETY  TIPS  FOR  KIDS  ONLINE  •  Even if it’s not your kid being inappropriate online, you should contact their parents to alert them.•  Check if GPS Location data is being stored when you put in info (mobile mostly)•  If your kid has a smart phone, turn off GPS on Photos or people can see where they are when they post the photo online•  Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your child’s profile.•  Tell your kids to never impersonate someone else.•  Only add friends you know in real life.•  Use a nickname that doesn‘t identify your location, gender, or age.•  Never meet in person with anyone you first met online.•  Profile and photo share only with people on your friends list.•  Don’t post your plans or whereabouts.•  Never post sexually provocative photos.•  Have your kid’s passwords so you can check on them when you want to- and do it often- Tell them you will too!•  Have your kids use strong email passwords.•  Don’t click on links from people you do not know (email or online).•  Tell your kids not to download any “free” stuff unless they ask for permission (free games, ring tones or other downloads)
  6. 6. TELL  YOUR  KIDS  •  Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met on- line•  Never upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the Internet or on-line service to people they do not personally know•  Never give out identifying information such as their name, home address, school name, or telephone number•  Never download pictures from an unknown source, as there is a good chance there could be sexually explicit images•  Never respond to messages or bulletin board postings that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or harassing•  That whatever they are told on-line may or may not be true•  Tell them if they ever get in a weird situation to let you know so you can help- not get mad at them.
  7. 7. I Prom ise to.. .SAFETY  CONTRACT/PLEDGE  I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number (cell or home), parent’sphone numbers, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.I will not post information or updates about where I am when not with the family or an adult.I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online.I will never send a stranger my picture or details about my family or me.I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable.I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time ofthe day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate access for me to visit. Iwill not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (not even my best friends) other than my parents.I will not stay logged in when I leave my computer.I will not video chat or message chat with anyone I don’t know.I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that couldpossibly hurt our computer or jeopardize my familys privacy.I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.I will help show my parents the great things online I learn and share with them updates regularly aboutmy online activities.
  8. 8. Drop downFACEBOOK  -­‐  ACCOUNT  SETTINGS  General Settings: Change password once a monthSecurity:-  Enable Secure browsing-  May be interested in enabling login notifications, login approvals, app passwords-  Active Sessions- delete old sessionsNotifications: Update your notifications appropriatelySubscribers: Do not check this box or public (not friends) can have access to postsApps: Kids use a lot of apps- so you can clean this up regularly and delete things notbeing used. Edit apps they use a lot to protect them from giving away other people’s info.Mobile: If you list your kid’s cell phone it will be here- they can have it registered for textmessaging for updates. I do not recommend.Payments: Make sure you do not have a payment method stored in this area.Facebook Ads: List “no one” in both “Ads show by third parties” and “Ads and friends”
  9. 9. FACEBOOK  -­‐  PRIVACY  SETTINGS   Drop down Click “Frie nds” Disab l Perso e Instant naliz ation
  10. 10. FACEBOOK  -­‐  PRIVACY  SETTINGS-­‐  CONT.  
  11. 11. TWITTER-­‐  FACTS  •  Never Share Personal Information•  Review Applications That Use Your Twitter Account Avoid web-based applications that ask you to supply your Twitter username and password.•  Regularly Change Your Password•  Beware Of Unsolicited Direct Messages that lure unsuspecting users to a login page where they are asked to provide their username and password. The problem is that you may receive such a DM from a trustworthy user you are following, whose account has been compromised. Hence, there is no foolproof way to ascertain whether a DM is authentic or suspicious.•  Block & Report Spam If you receive spam via @replies, block and report the account as spam.•  Use An Anti-Virus and Firewall - protect your computer using firewalls and an up-to- date anti-virus.  
  12. 12. TWITTER-­‐  PROFILE  SETTINGS  •  Account: •  Username: You can choose to uncheck the box “let others find me by my email address” as this will allow friends to find your username and request to follow you if they have your email address. •  Tweet Location: I do not suggest you check the box “Add a location to my tweets” as this will show where your kids are located. •  Tweet Media: Make sure both boxes are not checked •  Tweet Privacy: Click this box to protect tweets and you will have to accept someone before they can see your tweets. •  Personalization: I suggest you check this box as it requires personal information to reset your password. Since there are a lot of people hacking Twitter accounts, this will protect you further. •  Password Reset: Check this box to require personal information to reset password. Since there are a lot of•  Email notifications: These are optional for your kid to see updates about activity related to their network.•  Profile: •  Photo: Do not use a photo of yourself if you are a child. Also make sure they are not using an inappropriate image. •  Location: List city reside in- not more than that •  Website: nothing needs to be in here •  Bio: This is a place to add 160 characters about yourself. Make sure what they write is appropriate. •  Facebook: If you allow this option, Facebook can post on your behalf your tweets to your Facebook profile.•  Apps: Review apps and make sure they are needed or “revoke access”
  13. 13. INSTAGRAM- FACTS•  The only information required when signing up for Instagram is an email address and desired username.•  Phone is not required, so make sure your kids are not entering it.•  Anyone can view the photos that are uploaded to Instagram (unless you tell it otherwise).•  Instagram is not for children under the age of 13.•  Settings: •  Go to your profile page (tap the Profile tab) •  Scroll down to the bottom of the Profile page, where you’ll see a “Photos are private” switch •  Toggle the “Photos are private” switch to ON to turn on privacy. •  Once you set your profile to private, anyone who wants to see your photos will need to be your friend/ follower first, meaning they’ll have to send a request and you’ll have to approve.•  Geotagging: •  During the process of uploading a photo, the geo-location data of the photo you’re uploading can easily be shared with your followers if you’re not careful. Fortunately, Instagram turns geotagging off by default, but it’s easy to accidently turn it on. •  When uploading a photo, be sure to avoid tapping the button shown in this screenshot. If you do, you can always tap it again to turn it off.
  14. 14. MONITORING TOOLS•  Check your Antivirus software you use/purchased: security-parental-controls/1590941/•  Free resources • • • ••  Safeeyes by McAfee: $49.99/1 yr subscription and can be used on up to 3 computers • •  You can also get an extension of it for your iphone, ipad or ipod for $14.99 through the app store (
  15. 15. RESOURCES•  Great Websites for Kids:•  NET CETERA: Chatting with Kids About Being Online,•••••••
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