One of the things I enjoy most about my work is having the opportunity to talk with parents, educators and brands to dispel some of the myths or fears around teen use of social media.
Tonight I’m going to be participating in a digital parenting Twitter chat hosted by Zabra that will be moderated by Josh Shipp.
The event starts at 7pm EST and you can participate through the hashtag #BeCyberAware. I hope you’ll join us for a lively and informative discussion.
No matter the audience, my message is pretty consistent: Don't panic! I'm frequently asked to share some of my favorite digital teens & parenting links, tips and other resources.
So here we go! I've sorted through my bookmarks and tweets and put together this (hopefully) handy handout. Feel free to tweet it or share it with anyone you think would find it helpful.
.:SOCIAL MEDIA & TEENS RESOURCES:.
Cyberbullying: A Sociological Approach http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2013/04/cyberbullying-a-sociological-approach.html
Young Adults Communication on Social Media
INFOGRAPHIC: Golden Rules for Social Media Use by Teens http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2013/07/infographic-golden-rules-for-social-media-use-by-teens.html
INFOGRAPHIC: Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat –How Teens Use Social Media http://www.businessinsider.com/infographic-how-facebook-could-be-unraveled-by-mobile-first-teens-2013-4
Southern Poverty Law Center | Bullying Quiz http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/bullying-quiz
Facebook Lets Teens Post Publicly: Why That's a Good Thing http://huff.to/19QNvvK
Digital Citizenship Includes Rights as Well as Responsibilities http://huff.to/9JoWlm
Beware of the Internet Safety Industrial Complex http://www.connectsafely.org/beware-internet-safety-industrial-complex/
INFOGRAPHIC: How Millennials Are Using Social Media for Good http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2013/10/infographic-millennials-use-social-media-for-good.html
INFOGRAPHIC: Teens, Social Media & Privacy http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2013/05/infographic-teens-social-media-and-privacy.html
Alert: Your SnapChat Photos Aren’t So Secret http://www.businessinsider.com/alert-your-secret-snapchat-relationships-arent-so-secret-2013-9
.: FACEBOOK RESOURCES:.
Facebook for Educators & Community Leaders Guide http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2013/10/facebook-for-educators-and-youth-community-workers-guide.html
Facebook for Educators Handouts
Facebook 101: Digital Citizenship
It’s Always Sunny on Facebook
.: RESOURCES FOR YOUTH IN CRISIS:.
The CDC reports that 60 percent of high school students claim that they have though about committing suicide, and around nine percent of them say that they have tried killing themselves at least once.
Whatever the causes of teen suicide, it is important to note that the pressures of teenage living can lead to suicide. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL):
19.3 percent of high school students have seriously considered killing themselves.
14.5 percent of high school students made actual plans for committing suicide,
900,000 youth planned their suicides during an episode of major depression.
Many times parents may not know that their child is suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. There are so many resources available for teens in crisis. Here are some organizations leading the charge to help teens in crisis.
It's important to have the discussion with your kids to let them know if they or one of their friends are suffering from depression or threatening to harm themselves they need to immediately tell an adult, teacher or direct them to one of these crisis providers. If they feel there is an eminent threat, call 911.
Facebook 101: How To Report Suicidal Intentions http://www.scribd.com/doc/75718714/Facebook-101-How-to-Report-Suicidal-Expressions
Crisis Text Line: Get Help Now http://www.crisistextline.org/get-help-now/
ReachOut USA http://us.reachout.com/
Trevor Project: Warning Signs of Suicide http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/warning-signsTrevor Project: Get Help Now http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now
To Write Love on Her Arms: Get Help Now http://twloha.com/find-help
.: RESOURCES ON TV & OTHER MEDIA:.
Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2011/11/real-to-me-girls-and-reality-tv.html
Reality TV Tip Sheet for Parents http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2011/11/real-to-me-reality-tv-tip-sheet-for-parents.html
What Pop Culture is Teaching Your Boys About Masculinity http://www.blogtalkradio.com/progressive-parenting/2011/04/19/what-pop-culture-is-teaching-your-boys-about-masculinity
Boys, the Media and Body Image: An Open Letter to The Ellen Show http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2011/04/media-boys-body-image-pop-culture-an-open-letter-to-the-ellen-show.html
.:DIGITAL PARENTING RESOURCES:.
Parents Guide to Facebook
48% of Parents Believe the Internet is a Good Contribution to Their Children’s Lives http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2012/02/survey-48-of-parents-believe-the-internet-is-a-good-contribution-to-their-childrens-lives.html
Social Networking Tips for Parents http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2010/10/social-networking-facebook-privacy-tips-for-parents.html
Empowering Parents Through Technology http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2010/09/research-empowering-parents-through-technology.html
Facebook Security and Safety Resources for Parents http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2010/04/facebook-security-and-safety-resources-for-parents-teachers-teens.html
Facebook for Parents http://www.facebookforparents.org/
Connecting with the Facebook Parenting Duo
Why Anti-Bullying Programs Are Failing http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2013/02/why-anti-bullying-programs-are-failing-brooks-gibbs.html
INFOGRAPHIC: School Bullying http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2012/01/infographic-school-bullying.html
What Parents Need to Know About Ask.fm & Kik http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/parents-know-ask-fm-kik-144900812.html