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when "tweens" get social: the parent's perspective

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Matt Snyder

on 25 October 2013

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when "tweens"
get social:
the parent's perspective

35% of tweens own a mobile phone, according to nielsen. social is mobile!
a few questions you should answer before diving in:

is your child responsible?
how does your child handle IRL social situations?
are you ready to be involved on a daily basis?

trending apps/platforms
guidelines, ground rules, and things to look out for
more resources

Like anything, set ground rules and stick to them

1. YOU hold the keys:
time limits

2. set expectations for behavior

appropriate language/photos
treat people with respect/ no bullying
talk about their "digital footprint" or WYPOTISOTI

it helps to emphasize the rules
eliminates "i never said that" excuse
writing it together is a good exercise

3. consider a "contract"
just monitor, do not “like or comment”
don’t go following all your child's friends willy-nilly
respect your child’s independence

set boundaries and hold to them (this means YOU)

what you post on the internet stays on the internet

red flag sites

Evaluate how comfortable you are
Set ground rules and boundaries and expectations for behavior
Monitor, don’t butt in



3 most important things

some great resources

Matt Snyder, Communications Specialist and New Media Lead, U-M UHR Communications
Shawn Sieg, Social Network Tech Developer
Her first "selfie."
Broadcast Yourselfie: How Teens Use Social Media and Why It Matters to You

I'm 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook

**One Step Ahead - an email resource just for parents

Growing Up Online (the more you know NBC) - A Must Have Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Kids

Teens: Facebook's becoming more 'meh'

Google+ Teen Safety Guide

Growing Up Online (PBS) being shown in many schools, etc...

The 18-34 Age Group Is The Most Easily Annoyed At Slow Social Response Times

some more great resources

Social Generation Divide: Tween Girls Say Facebook is Not For Them—New Market Insight Program Reveals Instagram and Google are Gen Z Girls' True BFFs

Social media: what role should schools play in keeping children safe?

Why parents hate social media sites (infographic)

How teens, parents struggle to share social media


FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)

enable users to share all forms of digital content including text, photo, audio, video, and live broadcasts. Free & Pay-Per-View live broadcast features.
80 million users love Kik! unlimited texting to anyone else who uses the app for free. Allows complete anonymity.
allows its users to upload video status updates, which are usually called "keeks". You can use a their website with a web cam or use their mobile apps is a way to ask questions and get answers from friends or anonymous users. Website or use mobile app
allows users to send temporary texts, photos and videos. Remember that you could grab a screenshot from mobile device
the social network for your personal life. The idea is that you are limited to how many followers and that you know you're just sharing with people you really trust. Photos and videos are the meat of Path.
"The average age kids begin consuming media is eight years old. And, five million users under the age of 10 have Facebook profiles."
instagram is the gateway to social media

if your child has an account, you should have an account.
make your account private
be thoughtful of sharing personal info

don't forget privacy settings

texting lingo
access settings/restrictions
add resources on acronyms and hashtags

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