Social networking has become the “get to know your friends” means of communication for the majority of teen students today. Because of the anonymity of this global resource, areas of concern reach a higher level of danger. As students share their life through this open to the world means of communication the chances of problems escalate. Not only is there a freedom of expression but it seems it is a new avenue to push acceptance or non acceptance to a realm that is really inconceivable with extreme consequences. Below are resources to help educate and prepare students in this ever evolving area of communication.
When we talk of social networking Facebook, Instant Messaging, Twitter and YouTube come to mind, but there are numerous other sites that both students and adults use to interact socially on a daily basis.
Social Networking Resources for Students
KIDS AND SOCIALIZING ONLINE
Federal Trade Commission – Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online. It is important to learn how to navigate these spaces safely.
Federal Trade Commission – The opportunities kids have to socialize online come with benefits and risks. Adults can help reduce the risks by talking to kids about making safe and responsible decisions.
USE YOUR PHONE LESS (WITH TOOLS FROM APPLE, GOOGLE, SNAPCHAT AND MORE)
Common Sense Media – Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between – From screen limits to break reminders to Do Not Disturb, OS and app settings may help us break unhealthy digital habits and tune into what’s really important.
(KCSS) What is it… Sexting is the exchange of sexually suggestive messages or images between minors via cell phone. For example, a girl might take an “inappropriate” picture of herself and send it to her boyfriend. Includes five tips to staying safe.
Scope & Sequence – Navigating cyberbullying, privacy, safety, and other digital dilemmas are a real challenge for schools. This curriculum is designed to help students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. It includes comprehensive resources for students, like lesson plans, student digital interactives, and assessments, as well as professional development for teachers and materials for family education.
This handout addresses online “Threats at School.” Many students are not aware of the fact that all social media acquire and log “IP addresses” even Snapchat. Two-paged handout to help you explain how law enforcement can obtain anyone’s personal information from any of these apps. Then law enforcement can find the offending student and press charges. The student who creates, reposts or sends the fear-provoking material will suffer the consequences of this felony.
Cyberbullying Research Center – Fifteen Tips for Teens – Don’t let your social media use negatively effect your life, now or in the future. Use these 15 simple steps to safeguard your on line reputation.