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Socia Media 101

SOCIAL MEDIA 101

In today's society, social media is the most efficient way to stay connected. The many platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, allow users to get a peek into others' lives through written pieces as well as pictures. Social media applications (apps) can also be used to encourage online learning for students in schools. However, there are downsides to technology and how it is used amongst teenagers today.

The best course of action is to have a conversation with your children and about their safety online and be in the know of their app usage and purposes. It would also be beneficial to set guidelines for their role online and privacy settings to prevent concerns from arising in the future. The apps are readily available on all smartphones and can pose an issue for students' self-esteem and their image to people who come in contact with them, both personally and online. Here are some resources about apps that are out there and why it is important to stay connected in a safe and smart way:

The 12 Apps That Every Parent Should Know About

Apps Stirring Up Trouble in Schools

Smart Girl Society

Offers videos and explanations of popular apps and the opportunity to ask questions about each app.

(Article shared by Tasha Osten, School Counselor from Raymond Central.)