If you have teens at home, they are probably on Snapchat. With Snapchat being relatively new amongst its social media peers, the platform is a tad difficult for an older generation of parents to understand. In fact, most teenagers attribute the long hours they spend on Snapchat to the fact that their parents don’t understand how Snapchat works and therefore are not on the platform! Discover Snapchat's 'Discover' Feature Snapchat has a feature called ‘Discover’, which shows it
It's tough deciding what to talk to parents about in a :90 minute presentation. Impossible even. There are so many important topics to cover when it comes to raising digital kids! For example: Screen Time. Certainly this is the topic of the day. Every parent is worried about the amount of time kids spend staring at screens and they want to know what to do. Reputation Management: Parents also hope their kids will go to college or get a job someday. So they want to know how to
As evidenced by increases in app downloads, app earnings, and smartphone penetration over the last five years, mobile application usage seems to be on the rise. The smartphone has managed to take up even more of our time. However, usage does not distribute evenly across types of mobile apps. Five social media apps in particular, have gained disproportionate shares of overall app use. The makers of these apps, of course, want people to use and spend time using them, and consu
What part of your children’s online activity do you monitor? But wait, SHOULD you even monitor what they are up to on the internet? Ever since the inception of the World Wide Web, parents have been faced with the very dangerous yet very real problem of exposing their children to the dangers on the internet. Cyberbullying, identity theft, and extraction of sensitive data and information from the unguarded, innocent minds of children are some of the real online concerns out the
Getting to meet new people is fun! There's the excitement of bouncing off one's ideas on someone new and exploring alternate perspectives with another person who has similar interests. Besides, there’s the novelty of it. As parents, we all want our kids to be exposed to a variety of people, places, and experiences that shape them into dynamic and inspired adults. But when the person our child is interacting with is a total stranger, with a completely virtual experience that g
SOCIAL MEDIA THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE Fourteen years ago, I gave birth to my third son, Chazz Bethea. Born at just 24 weeks gestation due to a ruptured placenta, Chazz suffered a serious brain injury that resulted in Cerebral Palsy (pronounced seh-ree-brel pawl-zee) characterized by a severe loss and impairment of his motor functions and developmental abilities. The news was beyond heartbreaking and I initially I felt like my world was crashing in. I quickly learned firsthand
I’ve recently been reading about a new anonymous messaging app called “Sarahah” that has received a lot of attention lately. The app’s popularity seems to revolve around the liberating ability for users to say whatever they're thinking to anyone with a profile without those comments being attributed to the author--all without consequences! See the Cyberwise Sarahah Hub to Learn More! The Social Consequences of this App With the growing presence of the Internet and social medi
When it comes to college admissions, scholarships, and jobs almost all students are now acutely aware that colleges and employers will be checking their social media. A recent survey of more than 1,000 20-25 year old recent and soon to be college graduates found that 68% of respondents said they would never try to hide their social media accounts from potential employers. In assessing these findings, the survey sponsor surmised: “This transparency is a boon for potential empl
It’s no secret that brands have been increasing their online presence exponentially over the years in order to reach online users, especially kids and teens. That's why parents really need to know which apps are targeting their kids the most, and where and how they are reaching them. So who is winning this social media showdown? While Facebook has taken over the globe in terms of sheer numbers, it’s really Instagram and Snapchat that are the ringleaders with teens and young
Nearly everyone has heard of the popular photo sharing social media app Instagram. Its basic purpose is to share artfully taken photos and videos of landscapes, friends, selfies, food, and more. But what about the possibility of using Instagram in the classroom? Some teachers have figured out a few amazing ways to engage with their students on this well-known social media platform. The easiest part is that most of their students already know how to use the app, so coming up w
Though you don't hear it said very often... social media can actually be good for kids and teens! In fact, with proper guidance, technology can help them develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills (just think about blogs, chat rooms, and more). They can also learn how to connect and share their point of view with others, observe good role models, and become more politically and socially aware by watching news, documentaries and reading about issues online. Snapch
Do you remember when it was difficult keeping up with all the new cartoon shows our kids used to watch? Staying on top of new programs seemed almost impossible back then. Now, fast forward a few years, and not a lot has changed. This is especially true during the teen years when social media is involved. New apps are hitting the market every day, and for many of us it is an overwhelming task to understand everything our kids are downloading. Chances are, if you have teenagers
You know their names. The “apps” that kids love and parents are warned to fear: Snapchat, Ask.fm, Kik, and more make it to the top of the "bad" list for their reputations as harbingers of cyberbullying, porn, and predators. At a presentation on “Youth and Technology” at a local high school, a tech expert advised us all to go home and immediately delete these offending apps from our kids’ phones because “nothing good ever happens on them.” I don’t know about you, but restrict
The world of social media surrounds our children. Kids are super curious and when they hear about a new site or tool they want to find out what it’s all about. It can be exciting for a child to enter into a social network. They are going to try things out, so it’s important to acknowledge that interest with your children and be involved with what they view.
I have a daughter who is 11 years old. The lure of social media and being connected to her friends has become of recen
This first-hand account of the secret digital lives of high school students comes from newest Cyber Civics team member Peter Kelley, who is also a former high school English teacher and current high school coach. There’s an urgent and growing need to equip middle school students with the skills to become ethical, knowledgeable and empowered digital citizens. Every competent mind is able to comprehend this….especially high school students!
Having been a high school teacher
As a recent graduate from Fordham University, I couldn't help but notice the popular tendency for others my age to hide their social media profiles in order to avoid backlash from prospective employers and job recruiters. In a social age where almost every college student has one form of social media or another, hiding a profile screams “I have something to hide, but please hire me anyway,” a slightly concerning reality that many individuals don’t often think about.
Do you get a little confused looking through your teen’s Instagram or Twitter feed lately and seeing a crazy amount of new code-like phrases? You aren’t alone. If you add together the popular hashtags kids use and the coded phrases, you’ll find yourself learning an entirely new language that also happens to be growing exponentially every day. We’ve written about popular hashtags such as #tbh (to be honest), which is an abbreviation posted by teens Instagram users (also called
I could feel my blood pressure rise a bit as I wondered if I should say something to my son. It was getting late and he was watching a video on his computer. "He's probably just wasting his time," I thought, "and it's my responsibility as his mom to help him manage his screen time."
I took a deep breath. Working against my parental instinct to just shut his computer off and shoo him to bed, I asked him what he was watching. As it turns out, he was watching an educational hi
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