Online assignment 10/16/13
Instead of focusing on the negative ways students are using social networking sites, let's focus on the positive and engage them in a new conversation! How many of our students are doing this, talking about this, reposting/retweeting this?!?
Introducing Kindr, the iPhone app that will make you a better person; Teen takes to Twitter to Spread Kindness; Kevin Curwick, Minnesota teen, fights cyberbullying with a very nice Twitter account; Kindness uncovered: The power of a positive tweet; Twitter feed sends out sincere compliments to high school students; Teen uses tweets to compliment his classmates using this Twitter handle: @westhighbros; Student uses anonymity to combat cyberbullying; New PSA sends message that cyberbullying is not physical, it's personal.
Ask.fm I saw this post on Facebook and it made me think of our class:
"If you have friends of teens and young adults... please share this on your page! REPOST FROM MY HUBBY @bretjohnson11 I'm not here to tell you how to parent, but as a football coach who works with 100's of kids every yr I believe we have an obligation to pass along info that puts our kids at risk. What you do with it is up to you. FACTS: 1⃣. Ask.fm is becoming one of the most popular apps with our youth. This app allows anyone to "ask" you questions. 2⃣. Your child may have an account. They often list the link in their IG, FB or twitter bio or just share with friends. Not sure? Ask! 3⃣. There is 100% ZERO privacy on Ask.fm. You don't even need the app to view, read comments or see pics. Your child can't block creepers or hide info. 4⃣. Bully's, jealous classmates & child predators love Ask.fm! Anonymous questions are the lure of this app. Questions are often rude, explicit, degrading, petty, disgusting, personal, hurtful and anonymous. 5⃣. You can only ask questions if you download app. Many create fake accounts to appear as though it's YOU asking the nasty Q's. 6⃣. Questions do not appear in the feed unless you have replied. If you do not reply, the question does not appear. If it appears - they have chosen to respond. 7⃣. Having a "good kid" and good parenting has nothing to do w/this. We need knowledge. Many agencies & schools are urging parents to ban AskFM as it's linked to a rising # of cases of bullying, suicide and child sexual predators. 8⃣. There is a settings to disallow anonymous questions - but most kids don't. There's no setting to stop creepers from using fake names and befriending minors. There is no "private" or "block" feature. Anyone can see EVERYTHING. ❓❓What's the lure of this app? Kids feel important when people ask them questions. How about WE ask them questions and find out who they are -- what they think.. ***DON'T assume this isn't happening. We had our kids drop their accounts. We see it as a breeding ground for bulling, sexually explicit pics, and cowards.Tell your kids if someone has a question they don't need an app to ask you. In my opinion it's one of THE most dangerous and pointless social media apps--- but that's just MY opinion. I hope this info helps you form your own."
For our online class this week, let's explore social media apps that our students are using and get their perspective on the apps. Please ask students, friends, colleagues, family, etc. what they know about ask.fm, spring.me, snapchat, kik, vine, instagram, etc.