Social Media: Pros and Cons

Using Social Media in Positive Ways

Twitter and Facebook

What does Southgate Tweet?

· Classroom activities and successes!

· News and events at our school

· Special awards

· Pictures (with permission) of students working and/or their work

· Student generated (and proofed) Tweets and hashtags

· Helpful information for schools and families

· Weather alerts

· AACPS information

Social Media and Children


A website created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to promote safe behaviors. The site contains:

  • videos
  • games
  • flyers
  • infographics

A study conducted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows that online harassment of youth ages 10 to 17 has increased in the last five years.This type of harassment is particularly disturbing for children because it is most often their peers who are harassing them.

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Parent Tips

Tips for Parents and Guardians
(National Center for Exploited and Missing Children)

  • Talk to your children about
    • the possible risks and future repercussions
    • their online activities. View their profile or blog together.
    • not giving out personal information, such as names, school, city, or e-mail address.
    • posting pictures online;
    • the dangers of communicating with people they have never met in person. Remind them that people on the Internet are not always who they say they are
    • coming to you or another trusted adult
    • using privacy settings to restrict who can and cannot access their profile or blog.
  • Monitor what your child's friends are posting regarding your child's identity.
  • Familiarize yourself with the social networking website’s features and safety tips
  • Report any illegal content to: the appropriate law-enforcement agency;; your Internet service provider; and the social networking website’s webmaster.
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