Social Media: Risks and Benefits


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Social Media: Risks and Benefits

  1. 1. Social Media: Risks and BenefitsSteve YoungChief Technology Officer, Judson ISD
  2. 2. Social Media
  3. 3. Social Media• Benefits of Social Media• Risks Of Social Media• Tips to Minimize the Risks• Tips to Stay Safe• What Can A Parent Do?• Kids and Social Media by the Numbers• Great Resources for More Information Source: qJE2cWlsF1o/UCoryMepSLI/AAAAAAAAACE/E_J8hsGr7jM/s1600/iPhone+Social.PN G
  4. 4. Benefits of Social Media• Increased communication is beneficial• Helps build social relationships – Social media does not usually replace normal relationships, rather it augments them• Allows people to stay in touch• Allows people to network• Helps build communities – People can find support amongst those with similar interests, problems, or issues
  5. 5. Benefits of Social Media • Social media can be very empowering • It is a fantastic way to learn • Often teaches collaboration • Allows users to create a very positive image • Increasingly, teachers are leveraging student interest in social media tools for instructional purposes
  6. 6. Risks of Social Media• Can be addicting and/or distracting – Can interfere with homework and sleep• Multi-tasking teens may not multitask well• Communication can be used for harmful reasons, just as it can be used for good ones – Bullying can happen online, just as it can in person – Sexting
  7. 7. Teens Today Good read: “Is Multitasking Bad for Us?”
  8. 8. Risks of Social Media• Very easy to speak and post, leaving a permanent trail of what was said or done – Can impact college admission, job opportunities, and reputation – Can result in punishment at school• Since posts are just made to a computer and not to a person, sometimes that changes the nature or tone of a post
  9. 9. Tips to Minimize the Risks of Online andSocial Media Behavior• Remember to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – golden rule works as well on the Internet as it does anywhere else• Never post embarrassing or compromising information or photos• Ask how your parents, teacher, or employer might feel about what you have shared or posted online
  10. 10. Tips to Stay Safe• Never post personal information online• Never share online credentials• Keep profiles private. – Most social networks have privacy settings to adjust what is shared publicly• Do not engage in chat with strangers• Use Safe Search Settings• Have children use age appropriate sites
  11. 11. What Can A Parent Do?• Nothing is better than being involved with your children and keeping an eye on what they are doing online• Learn about the tools and sites kids are using• Evaluate sites and technologies for age appropriateness• Set expectations and start out with limited access, granting more as child matures• If needed, set time limits• It can be useful to keep bedrooms and/or homework zones “E Free” – with no electronic distractions
  12. 12. What Can A Parent Do?• Consider requiring that your child friend you on their social networks• Limit or restrict adult friending• You can purchase an online safety or social media monitoring service, such as TrueCare, SafetyWeb, or Net Nanny.• There is software available for cell phone monitoring & filtering, such as PhoneSheriff, but there are limitations• You can user web filters for computers or activity tracking software – but device proliferation is making this less useful• A better solution is to setup your wireless router to use OpenDNS to filter your internet connection: – solutions/parental-controls/
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  17. 17. Great Resources for More Information• Common Sense Media – Use to gauge appropriateness of web sites, movies, etc. – media-education• Google Family Safety Center –• ParentFurther – (Cyber)Bullying Resources: – behaviors/bullying/cyberbullying• American Academy of Pediatrics – Compendium of resources and links to sites –
  18. 18. Questions & Discussion Source:
  19. 19. Thanks• Steve Young• Chief Technology Officer @ Judson ISD•