Since the Jessi Slaughter incident, I’ve been thinking about how I can help others manage and understand how to broach the subject of social media with their children. I’ve come up with five topics that will help demystify social media for parents.
- What’s Out There? — Discover the landscape of what’s on the web, what people do and where they do it on the web. It’s basically an intro for parents who want to learn more about social media.
- The Real Risks of Social Media – I won’t be the first to say that social media consists of unicorns and rainbows. There are legitimate risks in social media that exist. Once you know the risks, you can manage it for a safer online experience.
- How the Web Works (with Content) – Want to know what happens to content that gets published on the web? Perhaps to investigate the truths (and myths) of how to delete content that was published. I’ll break it all down for you.
- Managing Privacy Online – Not all websites offer powerful privacy controls, but many do. Learn how to keep your information private and safe from prying eyes. Even if you’re not parenting, you can’t miss this guide on managing your privacy on the web.
- How to Handle Online Harassment – Harassment has evolved from the school campus to the Facebook, the Text and the Twitter. Understand what you can do to stop and manage harassment on the web.
- Suggestions for the ‘Social Media Talk’ – I’ll share some tactful ways to talk about social media with your kids that won’t include too many awkward moments. Communication and trust is foundation of having a safe and rewarding experience in social media.
This will be helpful for parents as well as anyone else who wants to understand some of the dynamics of social media and at least a different angle on what we all do.