Category: Social Media

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Social Media
Social Network Spotlight: Signal

Signal is a bare bones messaging application for iPhone and Android, specializing in secure and encrypted communication between users. Here are some pros, cons and tips for educators.

07/13/2017

Social Media
Is the Blue Whale Game Really Causing Kids to Kill Themselves?

Last week, our Safety Management team received a considerable number of inquiries from educators concerned about the game “Blue Whale,” which has ostensibly resulted in the death of dozens of teenagers by suicide. Despite our position that the Blue Whale game does not represent a real threat, this does nevertheless present an opportunity.

05/16/2017

Student Safety
How Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Foster Digital Citizenship & Safety

We laud the efforts of Instagram and others to create safer online environments and kinder communities, and hope they continue to promote values aligned with digital citizenship.

04/17/2017

Student Safety
Social Network Spotlight: Swarm

Swarm is a very focused app that is only truly functional if the user is visiting physical locations and checking in. Because of the need to check in and the competitive aspect, students could leave themselves vulnerable to online predators and other dangers.

04/07/2017

Social Media
Using Facebook Stories in the Classroom

As the adage goes, “the only permanent thing in the universe is impermanence.” This is certainly true of the Stories feature on social media—made popular by Snapchat, which has recently been implemented by Instagram and Facebook as well.

04/05/2017

G Suite for Education
How to Avoid Fake News Sources When Using G Suite

Here are a few tips that you can use to help your students avoid fake news and attain credible resources when exploring research in G Suite for Education.

03/07/2017

School & District Websites
10 Easy Ways to Grow Your School’s Social Media Following

Social media plays a significant role in promoting and maintaining a school’s brand. Here are some ways you can increase the number of followers on your school’s social media accounts.

07/07/2016

Social Media
Kik App Requires Transparency and Clear Monitoring by Adults

An app known for something like child exploitation might seem like it should be avoided at all costs, but like numerous apps mentioned in our Social Network Spotlight, with proper monitoring by an informed educator or guardian, Kik is usable.

06/29/2016

Social Media
Social Network Spotlight: Appear.in

Appear.in is a video chat service that allows up to eight users, desktop or mobile, to connect without an account or login. Users create a video chat room and send a link to whomever they choose. Anyone with the link can participate in the video chat.

05/25/2016