Social Media Savvy: Parents’ Guide to Facebook

Parents, if you don’t already know what Facebook can do, you’re about to find out! Facebook is one of the most used Social Media platforms for both parents and children, and that’s because it’s a great way to connect with friends, family, and colleagues.

 

Now-famous Mark Zuckerburg and his fellow Harvard University colleagues launched Facebook in 2004. It was originally created as a limited membership for Harvard students, but has since allowed anyone who is at least 13 years old, depending on local laws, to become a user starting in 2006. Users can add “Friends” and separate them into subgroups such as “Close Friends” and “People from School/Work”. As of June 2014, Facebook has over 1.3 billion active users.

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It’s likely you or your student has a Facebook account, so here are a few basic rules for protecting your children online.

Be Aware of Who They’re Adding
If recent additions to their friends list look questionable, ask how they know this person. If they met anywhere outside of school, work, family, or extracurricular activities, they probably haven’t met in person. Warn them the dangers of adding strangers and be sure they delete them immediately.

Encourage Them Not to Post Anything They Wouldn’t Want to Explain to Grandma
If it’s not something they are comfortable talking about in person, there’s no reason for it be on Social Media. Make sure your student understands that everything on the Internet lives forever, so it’s important to keep inappropriate content off of Facebook.

Privacy Isn’t Protection
Of course it’s important to be sure their accounts are private, but explain that it doesn’t mean their content is safe. Anything that is liked by their friends can be seen on the newsfeed of others. While their future may seem far away, college admission teams and future job professionals would likely be able to find content with a quick Google search. Tell them to keep away from posting suggestive content, specific locations like home and work, phone numbers, and email addresses.

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These habits should be carried over onto other Social Media sites as well! It’s important to always appear professional, no matter where you are in your career.

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Social Media Savvy: New JSerra Blog Series

At JSerra Catholic High School, we know it is important to be knowledgeable in all aspects of life, especially new technology. For this reason, you can find JSerra on Social Media! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even have our own blog in aspirations of letting our communities know what is going on in the world of JSerra.

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A key aspect to focus on is how we, as a learning institution, not only can educate our students on scholastic matters, but also in Social Media. It is now, and will continue to be a social world. Bottom line, social media is here to stay. Students need Social Media role models, and we can show them appropriate ways to communicate. Just as what you verbally say represents who you are, what you type and share on Social Media does the same.

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Showcasing good Social Media skills is preparing our children for the future. The world’s largest professional network is LinkedIn, a social media site with over 200 million members! 90% of employers surveyed said they planned on using social media to recruit and hire new employees. It is the way of the future, and if we can inform our students the appropriate ways to use it, we can help guide them in their future.

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There are certain precautions we take in protecting our students, such as not using their personal handles in Tweets or sharing instructor or coaches personal accounts. We will be utilizing our blog to share posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other new Social Media platforms. Be sure to follow along for insights to the platforms, best practices, how to monitor, and more.

Lion Pride!