Social Media 101
Resources, Tips, & Tools for Parents
Social Media Defined
As the digital age continues to ripen, social media becomes more and more prevalent-- but how do we address its prevalence and use in the lives of our teens and tweens?
- Do your research.
- Cultivate honest conversations about social media use and digital citizenship.
- Establish healthy Internet/social media boundaries and set limits.
Social Media Statistics
- 95% of teens ages 12-17 are online
- 93% of teens ages 12-17 now have their own computer or access to one
- 78% of teens ages 12-17 have their own cell phone
- 81% of teens ages 12-17 use some type of social media
- 77% of teens are online using Facebook
- 24% of teens are online using Twitter
Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It's an easy way to discover the latest news related to the subjects you care about. #tweetingforbeginners
Wait, What Is Twitter Again?
- Getting Started with Twitter
- Story of a Tweet
- Twitter Guide Book: How To, Tips & Instructions by Mashable
A Closer Look
Vine is a free app that enables users to record and share an unlimited number of short, looping videos with a maximum length of six seconds.
Instagram is a an online, mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumbl, and Flickr.
- wikiHow: How to Use Instagram
- Mashable: Instagram for Beginners
- Getting Started on Instagram
- Instagram Tips for Parents
Facebook is a popular, free social networking site that allows registered users to create profiles, upload pictures and video, send messages, and keep in touch with friends, family, classmates, and colleagues.
- Common Sense Media
- 15 Sites and Apps that Kids Are Heading to After Facebook
- A Parent's Guide to Social Networking Sites
- Pew Research Center: Teens Fact Sheet