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The Social Family empowers you to use social media safely amid the bewildering blur of new technological advancements. Through workshops and individual family sessions, you will learn to handle screen addiction, temptations like sexting, plus cyberbullies and predators, while making social media a positive experience.

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TWITTER

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Twitter

Start a Youth account safely:

  • Ask the 7 Questions.

  • Try Twitter on a parent or guardian’s device first. 

  • Create a theme for your account. What will you tweet about? (ex: Share my Soccer videos with college coaches).

  • Never beg for replies or follows. If you’re tweeting shareable ideas, then people will follow you.  

  • Every week, take a day off Twitter.  

  • Save local hotlines on your phone, so that you can share them during emergencies. 

  • Help the world. Be amazing!

Pros

  • Easily monitor your family’s accounts – just check their tweets and Direct Messages (“DMs”).

  • Easily prevent unknown people from Direct Messaging you (see instructions below).

  • Connect with universities, jobs, internships and influential people… even the Mars Rover.

  • Send uplifting messages that encourage people. 

  • Develop clear and succinct writing skills thanks to Twitter’s 280-character limit.

  • Impress employers & universities by tweeting intelligently during events, live chats and discussions.

  • Make passive activities (watching TV or sports) active by “live tweeting” with other fans.

  • Tweet about Shakespeare, Batman or funny family moments. 

  • During emergencies, share resources and receive updates in real-time.

Cons

  • Because Twitter encourages rapid back-and-forth conversation, it’s highly addictive. 

  • Because Twitter is all about talking with people, a private account has few benefits. 

  • Because contacting celebrities on Twitter is so easy, many people send celebs 100s of tweets per day begging for replies, follows and DMs. 

  • If you impulsively tweet something regrettable, then you’ll receive thousands of nasty replies.  

  • Approximately 30% of all Twitter accounts are not real people, they’re “bots.” 

  • Young people on Twitter & SnapChat will know about major news & emergencies before you do. 

If you’re witty, conversational and positive, then you may love it.

If you’re at all impulsive, celeb-obsessed or easily angered, then steer clear!

POSITIVES

  • Easily monitor your family’s accounts – just check their tweets and Direct Messages (“DMs”).

  • Easily prevent unknown people from Direct Messaging you (see instructions below).

  • Connect with universities, jobs, internships and influential people… even the Mars Rover.

  • Send uplifting messages that encourage people

  • Develop clear and succinct writing skills thanks to Twitter’s 280-character limit.

  • Impress employers & universities by tweeting intelligently during events, live chats, and discussions.

  • Make passive activities (watching TV or sports) active by “live tweeting” your analysis with other fans.

  • Tweet about Shakespeare, Batman or funny family moments

  • During emergencies, share resources and receive updates in real-time.

DRAWBACKS

  • Because Twitter encourages rapid back-and-forth conversation, it’s highly addictive. 

  • Because Twitter is all about talking with people, a private account has few benefits. 

  • Because contacting celebrities on Twitter is so easy, many people send celebs 100s of tweets per day begging for replies, follows and DMs. 

  • If you impulsively tweet something regrettable, then you’ll receive thousands of nasty replies.  

  • Approximately 30% of all Twitter accounts are not real people, they’re “bots.” 

  • Twitter & SnapChat share breaking news and emergencies first. 

START SAFELY

  • Ask the 7 Questions.

  • Try Twitter on a parent or guardian’s device first. 

  • Create a theme for your account. What will you tweet about? (ex: Share my Soccer videos with Ohio State’s soccer coach).

  • Avoid focusing on how many followers you have. Never beg for replies. If you’re tweeting shareable ideas, then people will follow you.  

  • Pick one day each week when you won’t tweet. 

  • Save local hotlines on your phone, so that you can share them during emergencies. 

  • Help the world. Be amazing!

TERMS TO KNOW

  • Twitter Handle: Your name on Twitter. For example: @NBA

  • Tweet: What you write on Twitter. Each tweet is 140 or 280 characters. 

  • Thread: Several tweets about the same topic.

  • ReTweet: Someone likes your tweet, so they click “ReTweet” to share it

  • Mentions: Someone talks about you by mentioning your Twitter handle in their Tweet. 

  • SubTweet: Someone talks about you WITHOUT mentioning your name or handle

  • DM / Direct Message: A private conversation between you and another Twitter user

  • Feed / Timeline All the Tweets from all the people you’re following

  • Live Tweeting: Talking with people on Twitter during an event, concert or TV show.  

  • # Hashtag: A link. When you click #nba, you’ll see all the conversations about the NBA. 

  • Fandom: An online fan club. The Beatles’ fandom: #Beatlemaniacs. Harry Potter’s fandom: #Potterheads. 

  • Trending Topic: What everyone’s talking about today.  

  • Verified Account: Twitter knows that’s really Dave RamseyBetty White and Millie Bobby Brown

  • Parody Account: Someone pretends to be William Shakespeare or Darth Vader.

  • Twitterbot: A software program pretending to be a real person. If it’s tweeting repetitive, inappropriate or violent content, then it’s probably a bot. 

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