2. Record a video on it
3. Send the dubbed video to your friends
Couple of weeks ago “exactly the third week of November” was the Bullying Awareness Week. This national campaign, which aims to raise awareness about bullying amongst students in Canada, dragged my attention to very important matter; how we are as adults and parents are concerned to protect young people all the time wherever they are.
Never dream that your responsibility limits may stop by school gates, as parents we keep thinking about our kids wherever they are at school, playing, sleeping, studying or social networking!
All of us have heard the word “hashtag” a lot. Maybe you even have used it. But do you know what is the hashtag is? The hashtag symbol or pound sign (#) precedes a word or phrase to identify messages on a specific topic and to categorize those posts and help them show more easily in Search.
Twitter was the first social network began to use Hashtags in 2009 and to hyperlink all hashtags in tweets to Twitter search results for the hashtagged word. Then it introduced “Trending Topics” on the Twitter front page, displaying hashtags that are rapidly becoming popular.
Chatting with my 14 years old nephew has turned creepy recently because of the numerous abbreviations he uses while texting. I’ve tried to catch up with those acronyms and shortened words, but it’s really confusing. I can understand that using this kind of slang shortened words are easier than typing everything out and they still get the same point across. It just needs that the person who receives the message “unfortunately was me” understands them.
It may look weird for us as parents to use “totes” instead of “totally”, however we have to admit that Language has changed a lot since the time we were teens. We have had our “code” language too, which doesn’t exist anymore. So as a parent, it’s important to be able to communicate with your kid and to understand and be aware of their activity online as well as in real life.
Though it’s difficult to keep up with the new language specially if you aren’t using it every day by texting your friends, it’s possible to learn some of the new way of communicating so that you can at least understand what your teen is talking about. Continue reading
Do you know that Twitter is now the second largest social network on the web? So what is Twitter? Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them.
What is a Tweet? A Tweet is an expression of a moment or idea. It can contain text, photos, and videos. Millions of Tweets are shared in real time, every day.
Where do Tweets live? When you follow people, their Tweets instantly show up in your timeline. Similarly, your Tweets show up in your followers’ timelines. To see interesting Tweets, follow interesting people: friends, celebrities, news sources, or anyone whose Tweets you enjoy. Continue reading
In order to dig deeper into parents-kids social media arena; I had to have many talks with a lot of parents to find out how they think about social media and how technology-savvy parents are they. I’ve expected some of those feedback, while others shocked me. There are many reasons why many parents refuse to get caught up in the trend of social media depending each parent’s style. Some of the styles I’ve met were:
That’s true there are many similarities between both of them, but there are also several major differences.
So, simply what a Blog is? – A blog is a series of content called “posts or entries ” that are usually organized by date with the most recent post showing first or by category for easier browsing. At the end of every post, there is comment form that allow the readers to give the writer ” blogger” feedback and interact with other readers.
Blogs (taken from “web logs”) were originally created for personal journaling. Recently people use them to replace websites, in some cases, they do own both. Blogs are best when you have a topic that compels you to write fresh information on a consistent basis. That’s why a lot of news-oriented websites are moving toward blogs.
It drove me crazy asking myself, why they don’t “invent” safer social networks alternatives for kids instead of getting freaked out about how to keep them safe while using adults social networks?! Pardon my ignorance, it seems I have been mistaken! As Dr. Seuss said ” Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Believe It Or Not, there are many safe social networks for kids that are built with safety in mind and age-appropriate fun. Finally I realized that Facebook and Instagram aren’t the only cool social networking sites on the Web that kids may use.
The good thing about those Social networks for kids that they are built on the balance of entertainment, expression, experience, education and engagement without endangering exposure. 13+ social networks aren’t for kids, but social networking can be. The best social networks for kids have all the features of traditional social communities (friending, chat, photos, profiles, comments, etc.) but also have more kid-friendly features like games, contests, art projects and more. Most importantly, kid-friendly social networks are monitored and include parental oversight to make sure everyone is safe.
Alert services let you track people, brands, companies, events, and just about anything that interests you.
There are many of monitoring services on market, The following are some of the most popular ENTRY LEVEL free tools that you may use:
Google Alert is an automated Web search service that can help people and businesses monitor the Internet for developments and activities that could concern them. Results are sent to subscribers by e-mail. Google Alert began its operations in January 2003. The service is provided by Indigo Stream Technologies in cooperation with Google, the most popular search engine.
Google Alert can, for example, track new online appearances of a person’s name, a business name, or a particular Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Individuals can use the service to monitor what is said about them on the Web.