Tips for Parenting on Social Media


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Presentation initially delivered Feb. 29, 2012 at a public school in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

5 basic tips to help parents understand and mitigate the risks of their children using social media.

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  • Webkins is a social media property – great chance for those under 8 to learn the basicsiPod Touches with wifi – interactive games, texting, email, facetime (webcams)
  • Ask your kid!They know better than every expert out there!!!!
  • Do you provide support as your child learns new things or do you protect them so much that they have learn it in secret because you know they are going to figure things out with you or without you.
  • Don’t talk to strangers, don’t get into cars with strangers, don’t take candy from strangers, don’t accept friend invites from strangers, don’t do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parent if it happens, let them know about cyber bullying etc
  • Let you kids know you’re there to catch them if something is wrong. Offer to support them and not to punishment. Get them involved in the decision of what to do next if something isn’t right!Give example of Dashiell & cyberbullying over iPod & how it escalated.
  • Released to the wild, can never get it back. The internet has a very long memory. Images get downloaded other’s computer’s, tablets, cell phones etc.
  • This stuff spreads at the speed of light.
  • Tips for Parenting on Social Media

    1. 1. Parenting & Social MediaTips for Safely Using Social Media @aknecht
    2. 2. About Me!• Author• Online Lecturer for University of San Francisco• Partner at Digital Always Media Inc.• Avid user of social media since early 90s• Parent (12yr old girl & 10 yr old boy) @aknecht
    3. 3. My Definition of Social Media• Social Media (noun) a variety of medium used to draw together people with a common goal or objective Source: A. K’necht @aknecht
    4. 4. Popular Social Apps• Facebook • YouTube• Texting • G+ (Google)• Interactive games • Apple - FaceTime• Chats • Skype (webcams)• Blogs/Review sites • Email• Twitter • Flickr @aknecht
    5. 5. Which Ones Do Your Kids Use? @aknecht
    6. 6. Social Media & Parenting• Which type parenting style is best? @aknecht
    7. 7. @aknecht
    8. 8. @aknecht
    9. 9. @aknecht
    10. 10. Tip 1: Have the talk @aknecht
    11. 11. Tip 2: Build Trust @aknecht
    12. 12. Tip 3: Automate Monitoring @aknecht
    13. 13. Google Alerts• Set-up an alert on your child’s name + – School – Sports team – Other identifiable activities @aknecht
    14. 14. Setting up Google Alerts• @aknecht
    15. 15. Setting up Google Alerts @aknecht
    16. 16. Email Monitoring• Configure email account to automatically bcc you on all email they receive• Easy to do if you administer the email @aknecht
    17. 17. Email Monitoring• Register a personal domain for your family or your child – – – Etc.• Make a memorable email – – @aknecht
    18. 18. Facebook• Make sure your child friends you• Don’t spy, but their posts will show up in your stream• Respond when appropriate• Periodically take a look at what they’re up to @aknecht
    19. 19. Don’t Assume! @aknecht
    20. 20. @aknecht
    21. 21. Tip 4: Protect Yourself Now & In the Future @aknecht
    22. 22. Teach What Not to Post• Only post/write what you’d want: – Announced over school’s PA system – Your grandmother to see – Displayed on main bulletin board at school – Kids telling other kids at school• Both today & in the future @aknecht
    23. 23. Once Posted to the Internet @aknecht
    24. 24. Once Post to the Internet @aknecht
    25. 25. @aknecht
    26. 26. Tip 5: Don’t Share Too Much @aknecht
    27. 27. Don’ts for Parents• Don’t check in on foursquare at your child’s school• Don’t tweet out personal info on your kids• Don’t post personal identifiable information on your kids (i.e. on Facebook) and make it public @aknecht
    28. 28. Do for Parents• Do check social media application privacy settings regularly – Perhaps every 30 or 60 days• Do know who has access to your posts and act accordingly• Get active in social media to see what’s out there @aknecht
    29. 29. Do for Parents• Turn off geo-tagging for photos on your phones when taking pictures of your kids• Wait until your back from vacation to post public photos (burglars know how to use social media) @aknecht
    30. 30. The Paid Option• SocialShield – Searches the web & consolidates information – $9.99 US per month – @aknecht
    31. 31. So Now You Know! @aknecht
    32. 32. Thank You Alan K’necht @aknechtJust type my name into Google @aknecht