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Social Media 101

Social Media 101

Social Media 101 is for the person in each of us that has secretly wished that someone would take the mystery out of social media and just give us the basic understanding of digital communication without all the confusion. Do you have difficulty knowing which is the latest platform everyone seems to be gravitating towards? Are you baffled by texting acronyms? Does your digital I. Q. suffer? Are you lost when people start using tech speak? If digital literacy and tech speak leave you scratching your head then we have created a book with you in mind. Social Media 101, the essential guide to understanding the digital world we all live in, can be found in the Social Media Dictionary a Modern Guide to Social Media, Texting, and Digital Communication.

Social Media 101- The Basics:

Digital literacy has never been so essential for modern communication and now it is so easy with this remarkably informative reference guide. Everything you ever wanted to know has been assembled in one comprehensive handbook. You will quickly access:

  • The latest trending social media terms
  • Acronyms for texting, characters, emoticons, and numbers
  • Abbreviations for Twitter
  • Instagram hashtags and Texting numbers explained
  • social media definitions

Discover a complete go-to reference guide that you will use again and again. In this edition, you will quickly gain the knowledge to participate in the fast changing world of social media and digital communication.

  • Transform your communication skills with this easy to use resource
  • Avoid social blunders, gain confidence, and increase your digital literacy
  • Boost your technical competence for increased opportunities
  • Never feel left out of the conversation because you do not know the digital language everyone is speaking

 The language of the Internet and social media has grown exponentially and digital communication forces the adoption of new words, platforms, and technical competence. You will never feel embarrassed because you do not know how to navigate the digital landscape. You do not have to remain lost or feel you have a digital gap when it comes to  understanding the Internet. This modern guide will give you everything you need to know and is perfect for anyone requiring a digital update: business professionals, students, parents, or grandparents.

Don’t get left behind! Get the number one resource everyone needs to own in the Digital Age. Join the digital conversation today.

 

10 Reasons To Use Blogs In The Classroom

10 Reasons to Use Blogs in the Classroom

Blogs and students

     Blogs can be very beneficial in the classroom and can create a much richer experience for students. Blogging offers many ways for students to participate in hands on skills and learn by active participation. Positive learning is the key and a classroom blog can improve communication and engagement.  Social School 101 has a list of ten reasons why your child should have a blog at their school.

Benefits of a classroom blog:

  1. Provide a chronological timeline of events, subjects, or interests they study throughout the year
  2. Blogs are inclusive allowing everyone to participate in posting information and commenting
  3. Increases communication between the teacher and the parents by incorporating a section on classroom news
  4. Allows teachers to post assignments outside of class and it allows students to ask questions outside of class
  5. Teaches the proper way to communicate and assist in digital etiquette
  6. Increases student’s confidence by knowing computer skills
  7. Teaches proper structure, grammar, and punctuation
  8. Students can collaborate on projects and learn how to contribute
  9. It teaches students 3 important steps: stop, think, edit, before hitting send
  10. Students learn how to share content by posting videos, images, links, interviews, and conducting online surveys

     Be sure and share this list of the 10 valuable benefits of a classroom blog with other parents. Blogging and students are a great combination!

   If Pinterest in the classroom is of interest to you then you will want to learn the benefits here:http://www.socialschool101.com/dear-ms-social-pinterest-in-the-classroom/

10 Things Parents Should Know About Online Safety

Online Safety 

An online safety list for parents

      Do you know the ten things you should never share online? Social School 101 has prepared an online safety list for parents to use as an important reference to protect their children.  Every parent worries about online safety and whether or not their children reveal far more online than they should. Keeping children safe on the Internet requires constant supervision and reminders about what they should and should not share online.

     Many times children may give away personal information unwillingly. There are many ways this can happen.  Children and teens can become victims by people impersonating a friend, an online marketer, talking to strangers in chat rooms, or not realizing how many people will see and share their comments.  Social media and digital tools are great for sharing but there are some things that should never, ever be mentioned online.

     Are your children revealing too much online?  Do they really know and remember to use online safety precautions daily? Here is a list to keep on hand of useful reminders. Every six to eight weeks review these with your children because we all need to be vigilant about our information online.

 10 Things That Should Never Be Shared Online

  1. Date of birth- Revealing your date of birth can lead to identity theft.
  2. Where you live- Your location can be revealed in photos by geo-tagging or revealing information inside the photo like a street sign.
  3. Passwords- This is an area of concern if you have pre-teens or teenagers. Many times close friends share passwords or boyfriend and girlfriend share their passwords. If the relationship ends, this leaves their social platforms open for damaging posts or emails.
  4. Recent Purchases- Innocently sharing the arrival of a new computer or big screen television then including photos could alert strangers about where they can find  tempting items they would like to acquire.
  5. Dates of big events- Planning a vacation to Hawaii with your relatives or a destination wedding? Again, you are revealing information to strangers about when you will be home and when you are leaving town.
  6. Photos- Many times information captured in a  photo can identify your location. Things like the name of a school on clothing, license plates, and street signs all give away important details.
  7. Relationships-Revealing the details of a scorned relationship online, the nasty comments about a break up, or escalating a fight over a friendship breakup online is exposing and hurtful. It is easy for teens to be pulled into a flame war.
  8. Revealing names- People are still doing it even though they know they shouldn’t. Revealing the names of people or children in photos is risky.
  9. Home alone- Innocently, emailing a friend to say, “ my parents just went to the movies and I am so bored at home” could be a disaster if the message gets forwarded to hundreds of people at school. Surprise, there is an instant party at your house.
  10.  Inappropriate comments- Emails and the online comments your children make are just like writing in a permanent marker. They are permanent reminder and cannot be erased.

     This is a list about online safety  precautions you will hopefully refer to again and again. Remember to be sociable and share this with other parents. Keeping our children safe online begins with parents taking the steps to become Digital Parents.

10 Mistakes Kids Make On Social Media

 10 Dangerous Mistakes Kids Make on Social Media 10 Dangerous Mistakes Kids Make On Social Media, created by Social School 101 is the essential resource to help protect children online and also to create confident Digital Parents. It is just one of the many social media education tools we offer and you can find it here. Digital Parenting is essential to protect your children online. You cannot always be there looking over their shoulder but you can begin to add guidelines if you know what your children and teens should avoid doing online. Your children will never remember a time without the Internet, digital devices, cell phones, or apps. It is easy to see why so many parents feel their children know more about technology than they do. Parents need to take action and learn digital skills to better engage with their children and feel confident about keeping their children safe online. Until now, many parents have been reluctant to learn, do not know where to find answers, or just feel that the digital world has passed them by. This is your opportunity to become confident and informed about technology with the 10 Dangerous Mistakes Kids Make On Social Media. At first glance social media looks very exciting to children. It is filled with new places and people. It can be  private or it can be public. It can easily be all consuming unless boundaries are established. Social media has many different venues: Face Time, Skype, Facebook, Kik, Instagram, and Twitter just to name a few.  With all these different platforms comes different rules for engagement and many times kids and teens do not understand the potential dangers of engaging on social media and different platforms.

Digital Parenting Essentials

The Internet has made it possible for children, tweens, and teens to:

  • Meet strangers and predators online and offline

  • Be exposed to online pornography

  • Be bullied to the point of suicide

  • Send sexually explicit photos of themselves or others

  • Make dangerous mistakes like sharing their location and

    advertising it to a global community

  • Ruin their reputation online before they have ever have a chance

    to be a teenager, go to college, or get a job

 

Remember that this is a free ebook. Be sure and share this informative guide with other parents, friends, and co-workers. We all need to join together to keep our kids safe online. Our goal at Social School 101 is to create confident and empowered Digital Parents by providing simplified solutions and products. Our goal is to broaden, expand, elevate, and increase digital literacy. We believe every parent can make a difference.

10 Dangerous Mistakes Kids Make on Social Media

If your children know more about technology than you do, it is time for you to make the change and become a Digital Parent. Discover articles, educational tools and much more at Social School 101 and get started today! Here are a few more articles you may want to view:

Did Someone Say Presents? Social Media Dictionary!

Social Media Dictionary reduced700x1054More than 140 million shoppers launched their holiday shopping season just as the Thanksgiving meal was concluded. Quickly one holiday ended as consumers turned their attention to the mall in hopes of shopping bargains and major discounts for the Christmas giving season. Of all the gifts you purchase this holiday season which will be the one that gets used again and again? Give the gift of digital literacy this year with the Social Media Dictionary A Modern Guide To Social Media, Texting, and Digital Communication.

 Give The Gift Of Digital Literacy

Digital literacy provides the foundational skills for communicating online. The Social Media Dictionary increases opportunities for technology learning, expands knowledge of digital communication, and creates digital citizens for a more productive society. Here are a few digital literacy facts. * A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment is increasingly required for many opportunities in the workforce. 62% of working Americans use the Internet as part of their daily jobs. * 80% of Fortune 500 companies only accept online applications. Online skills are necessary for seeking and applying for jobs today. * 79% of students are required to submit or access their lessons online. * Today four of the seven fastest growing jobs directly require technology skills.

6 Benefits Of The Social Media Dictionary

* The ability to understand and use technology in multiple formats: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, texting, and new terminology is greatly enhanced by the Social Media Dictionary * It is a complete comprehensive guide to enable users to communicate in the Digital Age. * It contains the latest trending social media terms. * It provides quick access to a comprehensive lists of texting acronyms. * It is a tool that will be used to prevent social blunders online and increase digital confidence. * The Social Media Dictionary will boost technical competence for increased opportunities. Give the gift of digital literacy this holiday season. It is a gift for all ages. It is a gift that will be appreciated and used again and again!  

7 Dangers On Instagram For Kids

7 Dangers on Instagram

Parents need to be aware of the dangers on Instagram if they suspect their kids, pre-teens, or teens, are sharing images online. Here are some very interesting and impressive Instagram statistics:

There are more than 75 million daily users.

Instagram has over 400 million monthly users.

51% of the users are male and 49% are female.

The % of drivers that admit to checking their Instagram while driving is 14%.

The % of teenage girls that said they have been bullied on Instagram is 9%.

*research stats from DMR

Instagram which launch in October 2010 is owned by Facebook and has become an incredibly popular social platform. Instagram is a very creative way to take photos, share images, and use creative filters.  It is also a social platform that exposes users if precautions are not taken. Instagram is wildly popular and that means parents need to be informed and on alert.

You may have heard that teens are abandoning Facebook in favor of Instagram. Realizing that Facebook owns Instagram, it is almost like a distant cousin. Teens can communicate on Instagram by commenting and writing messages on images. This activity can be concealed from parents, unless the parents know how to stay involved.

Instagram is not just sharing images online and using clever filters to alter the images.  It is a social platform just like Facebook, Twitter, Path, or Foursquare. You must be 13 years of age, set up a profile, have the option of completing a bio, and option of using privacy settings.

3 Things You Should Do Today

  1.  Get involved. If your children are using Instagram, then you should be using Instagram as well. By default, anyone can hover over your child’s profile and view info unless you change the settings.
  2.  You need to sign up for an account and start using the platform. You will realize that photos can be shared on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.
  3.  You also need to make sure your child adds your name to their friend’s list. (Yes, they will tell you that no one else has their parent’s on their friend’s list. It just isn’t fair! Do you believe that?)

   We offer a helpful guide for parents to make it super simple to get started.

 Parent Alert: 7 Dangers for Kids On

 Instagram

  1. Many times pre-teens and teens give away personal information that should not be shared. Yes, even though you have had a thousand conversations about not over-sharing, it happens. The Profile section on Instagram makes your child vulnerable to listing their, first and last name, birthday, gender, phone number, (How many times have we talked about not listing your phone number?) and email address. They could also share personal information in the bio section if they are not careful.
  2. All information begins as viewable by the public unless you change the settings to private. This way their profile information is concealed from strangers.
  3. Instagram is available on your child’s iPod, iPad, iPhone, or Android phone. Many parents have been surprised to learn their child, under the age of thirteen, had a secret Instagram account they were accessing from their iPod. If in doubt, check it out.
  4. Make sure your child or teen is not revealing their location on their photos. You can turn off geo-tagging in the settings under Location Services.
  5. Instagram is another social platform, therefore, your teen can become friends with strangers posing as another teen. They have the option to “follow” other Instagram users in the “Popular” section. This is one of the ways they can come in contact with strangers. Many times teens feel it is popular to follow many people similar to collecting “likes” on Facebook. Always check their friend’s list to make sure you know the people they are communicating with.
  6. One of the many dangers of teens on Instagram is nudity. There is not a filter to prevent your child from being exposed to explicit photographs unless you limit sharing photos to friends they know. This is another reason you should be on your child’s friend’s list.
  7. A current trend on Instagram is to rate girls according to their looks. Many parents are not aware their daughter’s picture has been posted and ranked online. This exposes their picture to strangers and their self-worth to an online ranking status and comments.  Online beauty contests, or cyber-pageants, are another danger of teens being subjected to finding out if they are “hot or not.”

Instagram can be a creative way to learn photography and modify pictures using the filters.  Now, is the time to get involved. With so many people participating and sharing, you need to be aware of how children should be protected by implementing safety settings and joining the service. Happy snapping!

10 Benefits of the Social Media Dictionary

10 Benefits of the Social Media Dictionary

10 Benefits of the Social Media Dictionary is a list that will convince you that you can always learn something new.  So, what are the 10 benefits and how will they help you navigate social media more confidently?

The Social Media Dictionary is a comprehensive go-to reference guide with over 2,000 of the latest trending definitions, Twitter abbreviations, Instagram hashtags, acronyms for texting, and emoticons, all assembled into one resource. This comprehensive book enables users to communicate confidently in the Digital Age. It will boost digital competence for increased opportunities and is essential for elevating digital literacy skills to improve our schools, communities, and our workforce. The Internet is not slowing down requiring users to speed up or risk being left behind.”

Consider that there are over 2.4 billion global users online and the numbers continue to grow. The number of digital devices: smartphones, digital tablets, and computers, now exceeds the number of people living on the planet. As connectivity expands further around the globe, the online vocabulary will continue to be invented at a faster rate throughout the world. According to a recent study by Ofcom, an average six year old has the same knowledge of technology as a 45 year old. Digital literacy for business professionals, parents, and baby boomers, will benefit greatly by using the Social Media Dictionary.

10 Benefits of the Social Media Dictionary

  1. The language of the Internet and social media has grown exponentially and digital communication forces the adoption of new words.
  2. Digital Natives, people born after 1980, are fluent with technology, texting, and Twitter yet still need a resource to stay up to date. Digital Immigrants, people born before 1980, need an instant reference manual for modern terminology and engaging in the digital conversation.
  3. The book increases digital literacy and will boost technical competence for increased opportunities to compete in the global marketplace.
  4. The dictionary helps in avoiding embarrassing social blunders online.
  5. It gives quick access to texting abbreviations, Twitter terms, emoticons, characters, and social media definitions.
  6. It bridges the digital gap that exists between seasoned business professionals and Millennials in the workplace.
  7. It helps students understand what their peers are communicating online.
  8. It aids teachers and school administrators in understanding what students are communicating online.
  9. It helps parents decode texting language on their child’s phone.
  10. The Social Media Dictionary enables digital communication in multiple formats: Twitter, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more.

 

10 Mistakes Teens Make Online

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It is not always easy to know what teens are doing online so we put together a checklist of the 10 Mistakes Teens Make Online so you can remind your teen how to protect their online reputation.

Try to remember what it was like to be 13, 15, or 18. Teenagers live for today. It is very difficult for them to realize they have a long future in front of them. They do not realize they will not be in high school forever. Teens usually cant see themselves as adults with responsibilities. That is why it is important for them to realize that everything they do online leaves a permanent record. It is called a Digital shadow and it will follow them for the rest of their lives. Everything they post online will leave a trail that is visible overtime they apply for a job, a loan, date someone, or they to enroll in college.

I think we all recognize how easy it is to make mistakes online. We all use technology to get more things done in a shorter period of time. We are all dependent on our smartphones, tablets, and computers, but many times we are in such a hurry that we take shortcuts, hit send before checking for errors, or simply don’t realize that a short response is not always the best reply. Teens are under tremendous pressure and many times they need to be reminded with all the technology available to them, they need to be responsible and engage correctly online. We have created a checklist of  10 Mistakes Teens Make Online. Please feel free to share this with other parents and teacher in the effort to help our teens engage positively and productively online.

Checklist: 10 Mistakes Teens Make Online

Tech Addiction/Facebook Depression Facebook depression is when a teen or student does not feel accepted, popular, or has enough friends on their Facebook account and compares themselves with other peers’ Facebook pages. Teens live in the era of friending, liking, commenting, and unfriending, Teens live online. All their social connections are public. Their emotional status is connected to what is occurring on their social platforms and many times it is negative when they compare themselves to others and that can make them feel unworthy. They feel inadequate compared to others and many times can lead to depression.

Tech Addiction is when your teen has a compulsive need to use devices. They sleep with their phone so they can check it at all times of the night, they prefer to communicate with their friends online instead of face to face interaction, they become nervous if they cannot find their phone or check their messages. Tech addiction is real and it has been diagnosed in children as young as four. Pay close attention to how your children are feeling. Pay close attention to signs of Facebook Depression or Tech Addiction. If  your children are depressed or seem overly occupied with technology it may be time to disconnect. It fact, it is healthy to take a break from technology.

Sexting Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit pictures over mobile phones or devices. 61% of all sexters who have sent nude images admit that they were pressured to do it. Sending these images is considered child pornography and can result in criminal charges. There needs to be more education for adolescents to understand the consequences of sexting in the Digital Age. They need to protect themselves from manipulation, betrayal of trust, and harassment. They should know that it is okay to say no when someone asks them to do something that they know is wrong.

Relationships that end Not all relationships are for a lifetime. Friends come and go and that is so true when it comes to teens. It starts out innocently. Teens become friends and share their passwords. They may ask a friend to log on and check something when they are in a hurry. But friends, boyfriends, or girlfriends can turn into not so nice people when a relationship turns sour. A frenemy can log in and start posting as their former friend, ex boyfriend, or ex girlfriend, and do serious damage. Password sharing is popular among teens but has huge risks.

Using public Wi Fi spots Remind your teens to think of it this way, if the Internet or Wi Fi is free, so is all of their information! Do not use public Wi Fi.

Catfishing/Impersonation Catfishing is pretending or faking the identity of a person online in order to carry out a relationship. Someone impersonates or pretends to be someone else in order to pursue a deceptive romance. The victim has no idea they are communicating with an imposter whose sole purpose is to embarrass the victim. People can disguise themselves online which is one of the negative aspects of communicating online instead of face to face. Kids and teens can be lured into unsafe situations with a predator or someone who is up to no good. They need to be cautious of who they are communicating with online.

Disrespecting Authority If students use the Internet to criticize their parents, their teachers, coaches, or their school principal it could have serious consequences since all their comments are public. If they do not understand the limits of expressing their criticism online guess who might be next? It may be their future employer. They could jeopardize their employment  or college admissions if they do not learn early that the Internet is not the place to criticize or disrespect authority.

Cyber bullying/ Stalking Here are some facts: 40% of children in grades 4-8 have been bullied online. Every single day of the school year, 160,000 students across America are absent because they are concerned about bullying. Cyber bullying is abuse on the Internet. 

Cyberstalking is when an attacker harasses a victim using electronic communication like email, phone calls, or instant messaging. If your teen has been threatened teach them not to engage. Save all the evidence by taking a screenshot. Tell your child’s teacher. If that doesn’t work, then tell the principal. If that fails, then tell the police. Keep telling authorities about the abuse until someone will realize the threat. Our children deserve to feel safe and we have to help prevent bullying.

Wanting to be popular Would your teen turn to the Internet to make friends?It happens all the time. Kids, and teens friend people they do not know. It is important to know who is on their friend’s list. Make sure your teens actually know the people on their list.

Never rely 100% on Privacy Settings  Social platforms are constantly changing. The interface and features are constantly being upgraded and many of the features are moved to another location. Just because you signed up for account and checked all the correct boxes does not mean that the platform will keep all those requests. Privacy settings can easily be moved or switched. Teach your teens to know where they are and know how to use them. Teach them to check periodically to make sure their privacy settings are correct.

Post objectionable content There are numerous things that should not be displayed on the Internet. Some of these include: offending post, threats, hate speech, abusive language, inappropriate images, pornography. Ask your teen to always think how would my parents, grandparents, or teachers, feel if they knew I posted this online?

 

 

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