Top Takeaways from Steve Maguire, M.Ed., Presentation on November 5, 2013
- Get familiar with all social media sites: Facebook (losing popularity among older teens), Twitter , Pinterest (most popular with 12-14 year olds), Vine, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Ask.fm (hard to control anonymous contact), snapchat
- Max out all “Privacy Settings” on all sites with your children
- Establish a central charging station for the entire family; Devices not in childrenʼs rooms at night; Family computer screen also viewable
- Consider filtering software such as netnanny.com or puresight.com
- Have conversation about their online reputation
- Remember that kids wonʼt say or do in real life what they will do online, called “empathetic breakdown”
- Model responsible behavior: do not text while driving, do not check phones when talking with others; do not text your children during school hours since they are not supposed to be texting!
- You should try to stay abreast of ever-changing social media (consider establishing a Google Alert for yourself, such as “new and trending social media sites”) – but nothing will replace good parenting. Trust your instincts and establish family policies!
While nothing could compare to Mr. Maguireʼs live presentation, you may find the slides with additional resources here: