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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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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