Summer Vacation: The Summer Book List

Summer Vacation Book Recommendations

Our Top Picks For Summer Vacation

     Social School 101 has a great summer book list full of creative ideas to keep kids entertained on their summer vacation. We have created our featured reading list of  top picks for summer vacation to get you started on the months and days to come.

    Are you wondering how you will keep the kids entertained all summer? If you are trying to avoid countless hours spent in front of digital screens or the television, we have some great suggestions. It is time to start planning ahead for activities to keep kids entertained during the summer vacation season. With busy Moms and Dads in mind, we have a selection of books offering great tips.

     Summer vacation can be a time to create rich memories and also develop new interests. These books will spark some ideas so you can begin to plan the best summer vacation ever. We had a difficult time deciding on our favorite.  In fact, we will be offering more selections for summer vacation in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for more great reads. We think you have a hard time picking a favorite!

    Wishing you a wonderful summer vacation season to come!

All the selections can be found on Amazon.

1. The Family Manager’s Guide To Summer Survival

2. The Staycation Jar

3. Places That Change Your Child’s Life

4. The Ten Best Of Everything For Families Travelers

10 Mistakes Kids Make On Social Media

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Social School 101 created an essential free ebook, 10 Dangerous Mistakes Kids Make On Social Media, 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:

Do You Still Think Social Media Is A Fad?

Think back and try to remember if you  were one of the people that thought social media was a fad? Do you remember when Facebook launched onto the scene a decade ago? Did you join the social site or think it would disappear once the new wore off? Did you predict that LinkedIn would be the go to source for companies to use as a recruiting tool? Were you an early adopter on Instagram or Snapchat? Were you a trendsetter and realized that social media would revolutionize our daily lives or did you disregard the hype and resist early adoption thinking social media was a mere fad that would quickly disappear?

Regardless of what your predictions were a decade ago, social media is more mainstream than ever. Here are a few startling facts:

Social Media Is A Fad?

1. Over 700 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each month. This does not include the number of minutes spent on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube etc.

2. The fastest growing segment on Facebook is no longer college age students but instead females ages 55-65.

If you are feeling left out of the revolution you can search our store for products that will quickly integrate you to the ever changing world of social media.

Still think Social Media is a Fad?

Top Pick! Social Media Dictionary

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Digital literacy has never been so essential for modern communication. Digital communication is the new global language and it is requiring everyone to become fluent in online communication language. The Internet and social media have created an entirely new vocabulary. It is a digital evolution that is multiplying our Internet vocabulary at hyper-speed. No one seems to be addressing the fact that we live in the Digital Age without resources to gain digital knowledge. The solution is the Social Media Dictionary A Modern Guide To Social Media, Texting, And Digital Communication. It is the first dictionary created exclusively for social media and online communication.

Everyone is online but many times they do not fully understand the conversation. 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, computers, now exceeds the number of people living on the planet. The Internet never sleeps. As connectivity expands further around the globe and more users are brought online to engage, the online vocabulary will continue to be invented at a faster rate throughout the world. It is essential to increase digital literacy skills to improve our schools, communities, and workforce.

Top Pick Selection For Social Media Communication

Social Media Dictionary is a comprehensive go-to reference guide with over 2,000 of the latest trending definitions. It also contains complete lists of Twitter abbreviations, Instagram hashtags, acronyms for texting, and emoticons, all assembled into one resource. It is available online at Karen Foreman, the Founder of Social School 101 stated, “it is essential to increase digital literacy skills to improve our schools, communities, and workforce. The digital world is not slowing down. You need to speed up!”

Social School 101 is a social media education company that provides online education for ages 2 to 102. The company was founded with the purpose to broaden, expand, elevate, and increase digital literacy. They created the first documentary to educated parents: A Parent’s Guide To Social Media: Ages 3-8 . They continue their digital literacy campaign with the release of:

Social Media Dictionary a Modern Guide To Social Media, Texting, And Digital Communication.






Digital Teens: What Are They Doing Online?

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     It is an established fact that digital teens are fluent with technology. They use their devices to stay connected at the touch of a screen. Many parents and teachers wonder what their digital teens are doing online. How are they using their devices and which do they prefer? It is important to understand how teens communicate with technology. They are the next generation that will enter the workforce. Will the way digital teens use technology coincide with the way future employers use devices to access information?

     The Pew Research Center conducted an investigation to learn more about digital teens.  Knowing that the online world is available to teens in many forms: chat rooms, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Kik, and Tumblr, just to name a few, they wanted to know how they were accessing the Internet.They surveyed 800 teens and their parents. This is what their survey revealed:

 6 Facts About Digital Teens 

  • 25% of digital teens primarily use their cellphones to access the Internet. Surprisingly, only 15% of adults use their cellphones for Internet purposes. Teens are relying on their phones to access information more than their parents.
  •  One third of older girls, ages 14-17, are “cell-mostly” Internet users compared to only one fourth of the boys.
  • Almost 75% of digital teens between the ages of 12-17 access the Internet on tablets, mobile devices, and cellphones.
  • Over 90% have computer access at home.
  • Almost 80% have a cellphone.
  • 47% of digital teens have smartphones.

     Knowing that digital teens rely heavily on the Internet, it is important for parents, schools, and their future employers to realize that they are the next generation to enter the workforce. Their expectations will be that companies, employers, and co-workers are using mobile devices to gain information. The question is, “are we prepared to meet their expectations?”

Smartphone Safety

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How often do you think about smartphone safety? If you are like most people probably never. We obsess over hard to decipher passwords that will prove difficult for hackers but at the same time we fear we will never be able to remember them because they are so complicated. We see headlines about credit card security breeches. We cringe every time a major retailer has been hacked knowing that we have shopped at those stores and our information is possibly in the hands of cyber criminals. We think about online safety, obsess over social media identity leaks or compromising posts, worry about our digital footprints, but when it comes to smartphone safety we rarely give it a passing thought.

Smartphones currently outnumber traditional mobile phones. Over 56% of Americans adults have smartphones. This statistics does not include the number of people under the age of 21 who own smartphones.  Our smartphones travel with us  wherever we go and we feel immense panic if our batteries get is the red zone indicating low battery life. Probably the biggest trepidation we have is we discover that we accidentally left our smartphone at home and feel either extremely vulnerable that we will need it in an emergency situation or we fixate that we have missed something really important since we cannot check our phone to see incoming messages.

Considering that we rarely feel anxiety over smartphone safety, here are some things you may have overlooked. We all just assume that our smartphones are the one place we are not vulnerable. We never imagine that criminals, hackers, or cyber snoops would want access to our financial online banking data, our location, contacts, stored photos, who you call, and what you search for on your smartphone. Thinking that it might be good time to put some safety measures in place, here is a quick list of tips.

5 Smartphone Safety Tips

1. Manage your location settings. You may giving away info on apps, social media accounts, and GPS tracking features. You can control your location settings.

2. Password protect your phone, set up a screen lock or make sure you can track your phone (Find My iPhone) in the event it is stolen.

3.You loose control over your privacy every time you install apps without checking the permissions screen.

4. Keep your smartphone software up to date.

5. Your phone contains information that is personal to you. Don’t leave your phone exposed in public or susceptible to theft. Your info or photos may be stolen and used as blackmail.