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
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.
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!
Instagram is an online social networking service that lets you share videos and photos, and apply a variety of filters to them, It allows users to edit photos taken on their phone and post them to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr with the click of a button. Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 a photo-sharing platform viewable only amongst its user base and has since expanded to include a wide variety of social media, including Twitter and Facebook. The Instagram application is distributed worldwide through the Apple Store and Google Play. Instagram photos are easily recognizable because the pictures have a square shape reflective of the Instamatic and Polaroid photos the program was modelled after.
Facebook simply is an online social networking service, you have to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website, users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, exchange messages, post status updates and photos, and receive notifications when others update their profiles. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as “People From Work” or “Close Friends”.
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.