We ConnectSafely folk are pleased (and excited) to tell you about our new little Facebook guide for parents, educators, and everybody looking for the basics on the world’s most popular social networking site – what it is, why young people use it, how to turn it into a great parenting tool, and how to optimize its privacy settings for teens. I started NetFamilyNews 11 years ago on the premise that sound parenting of Net users is informed parenting, and I believe that now, with social media in force, more than ever. Our social networkers need our guidance and backup, and we need to understand social media in order to provide that. Here’s help. “A Parents’ Guide to Facebook” was written by my ConnectSafely.org co-director Larry Magid and me and is being published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition (please go to one of the links above for more about them and us). The 32-page PDF version, which we’ll keep updated, is available for free at the link above or via FBparents.org. If you want to print out and distribute a number of copies, please just let us know, via firstname.lastname@example.org, where or at what event you’ll be distributing them. We’ll be debuting the 35-page print edition at the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference in Washington on Tuesday. If you find the guidebook useful or think other parents and educators will, please help us spread the word. We want it to support as many social networkers – of both the teen and parental sorts – as possible.
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- What are we really seeing in the social media fishbowl?
- Spoiler alert: Kid loves teaching Twitter to Dad
- At the IGF: Youth participation = greater youth e-safety
- Enabling peer protection: Knowledge is empowerment
- Millennials’ changing social media use: Survey
- Heard of Twitch? Amazon has!
- Dealing with the nasties online
- Leadership in bullying prevention and so much more
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- High school kids show strong support for First Amendment
- UN bringing child rights into the digital age
- IGF attendees complain about censorship in Turkey while some advocate it for youth
- Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection
- Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech
- It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy
- Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13
- As Ferguson struggles, Georgia teens create app to rate police departments