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Social Media

How can you help your child avoid digital drama? 

"Digital drama is the everyday tiffs and disputes that occur among friends or acquaintances online or via text message. A guy may change his relationship status to "single" immediately after a fight with his girlfriend to make a statement. A teen may post a comment about someone else knowing that people will see it, friends may chime in, and people will talk about it. In the same way that the word drama describes a performance, kids usually engage in online drama with an audience in mind." 


Phone Contract for Students and Parents 

"Having a cell phone or smartphone opens up a whole new world for tweens and teens. Parents and kids need to be on the same page - literally - and this phone contract from Chicago Now can help achieve that both with actual logistics as well as a broader idea of what phone behavior is acceptable, and what is not."   http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/files/2014/01/phonecontract.jpg

How Girls Are Seeking (and Subverting) Approval Online

From selfies to shout-outs, girls are using social media both to build up and break down their self-image.

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15 Sites and Apps Kids are Heading to Beyond Facebook

Four Ways to Curb Kids' In-App Purchases | Common Sense Media 

Five things parents need to know about sharing videos on Instagram and Vine. 

Follow this link for information for parents regarding sex and the media.

Links to Other Articles

"Social Media Trials and Tribulations: It’s All About the “Like” by Dr. W. Joy Lopez.  With new technology comes new challenges. Learn about how you can help your students navigate the world of social media.

View an article on "The Digital Divide: How the online behavior of teens is getting past parents."

Here is an excellent resource sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for parents, educators, and students regarding technology.  The site explores many issues and explains different areas of technology (ie – blogging, chat rooms, cyberbullying, IM, social networking).  There are tips as well as discussion starters to help begin conversations with your child. www.netsmartz.org

View the article "A Word to Parents on Instagram."

CLICK HERE to view guidelines for sharing photographs through social media.