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.
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:
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.
We have to agree that whether we like it or not, social media, and all of the related networks are here to stay. it’s so obvious how every day, in so many ways, these new technologies bring many wonderful benefits to our family’s lives and relationships. At the same time, as with any new innovations, these networks have doubled impacts on our lives generally and on our children in particular. I’ve tried to explore its bright as well as dark sides.
Here I’d like to share this inspiring video for Larry Rosen ‘How social networking can both help and harm our kids’ at Young Minds, enjoy it!
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” — Mark Twain
Check out this post for the surprising statistics on kids using social networks underage that might make you rethink if it’s the best thing you may offer your kids!
Undoubtedly, children using social networks underage exposes them to certain dangers “that I’ll talk about on coming posts”, however, in this post, I’d like to highlight the records and statistics on underage kids’ usage of different social networks, figures are really horrible!
The most shocking statement I’ve ever heard that “95 percent of parents were aware their kids were using the Facebook service while 78 percent helped create the account.”– according to Forbes! Cool moms of the world, take note – helping your underage kid sign up for Facebook is the new letting your kid drink in the house. Do you imagine that Over 5 million Facebook users are under the age of 10. This is despite the fact that the legal terms and conditions prohibit anyone under the age of 13 from using the site.
In this video, kids were asked “What is social media, anyway?” As cute and funny as they were, who expected they can be so right? Here are some of our favorite definitions. What is social media, anyway? from Lithium, on Vimeo
Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.”
Oxford Dictionaries defines it Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.
As a mom for a ten-years daughter, it worries me a lot how my daughter would be engaged in social media. She is not that much into social networking till this moment, as she still under 13, however many of her friends are. Every single day she is wondering about one or two of those everyday-popping-up social networks, applications and terms. So it took me a considerable amount of time thinking and researching to find out replies to her inquires, but here I would like to start with creating social media guidelines.
I believe that Internet can provide a wealth of knowledge, interaction and entertainment to our children, but it can also leaving them vulnerable and exposed to danger by compulsive sharing online. It needs a lot of understanding and open dialogues with children making sure they keep up with the latest social media trends and to work with them rather than trying to control them.