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.
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.
Sending sexually explicit messages, photos, or videos via cell phone, computer, or any digital device. Sexting may include photos and videos containing nudity or showing simulated or real sex acts. It also includes text messages that discuss or propose sex acts or other sexually explicit exchanges. (KCSS Handout)
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.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING AND RESPONSE
National Center for School Safety – As more schools become involved in social media monitoring and response, a variety of logistical, technological, and ethical challenges appear. This document highlights example practices, concerns, and methods for social media monitoring in a school setting. Also included is a real-world example of logistical considerations one school district dealt with as they implemented a social media monitoring system.
SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL STAFF AND AUTHORITIES
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – This product highlights social media threats affecting school districts in the United States, provides mitigation and response measures for social media threats directed at school districts, and connects school safety stakeholders to a suite of tools and resources provided by CISA and its partners to promote a culture of readiness and preparedness.
Law Enforcement Can Subpoena “IP Addresses”. On Social Media Apps, when users agree to the terms of service an account is formed and information is logged. One piece of this information is a user’s IP address. (KCSS Handout)
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.
THE ULTIMATE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA
Safer Schools Together (SST) is committed to ending school violence by encouraging school districts to create positive, safe, and caring learning environments. By providing law enforcement agencies, school districts, and community partners comprehensive violence prevention and intervention strategies, SST gives teams the tools they need to build capacity and sustainability.