Thursday, May 07, 2009

Social Networking and Teens: What Parents Need to Know

Today I am presenting a session on "Social Networking and Teens: What Parents Need to Know" as part of a 5-week Parent Breakfast Series at Stevenson High School, hosted by Jerry Franklin, academic counselor and Lisa Franz, school social worker. The goal of these meetings is to provide a forum to "discuss some of the challenges parents raising teenagers face during adolescent development. This group will provide information, strategies, mutual support and resources for parents who would like to gain an increased understanding of their children while improving their parenting approach."

Here is a link to the audio file of the presentation.

Here are links to resources mentioned:

Project Tomorrow

Digital Youth Project

Danah Boyd, Researcher

Danah Boyd on YouTube

PEW Internet Report: Social Networking Websites and Teens

Five Years of Free Friendship – Facebook commentary

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

Readers Digest May 2009 Report

New NSBA Report on Social Networking

Digital Dossier

CyberSmart Curriculum

And the slides from the presentation

Special thanks to Steve Dembo, of Discovery Education for his help and sharing his resources.

Additional websites shared during the presentation:


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  2. Thanks for sharing this. It is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out with the new Internet laws. I am interested in learning more about the cyberbullying law myself.
    I appreciate your generosity. It helps me get a jump on one of my summer tasks.

  3. As a follow up to this post, here is a free content filtering suggestion from Oklahoma educator, Wes Fryer: