Cyberbullying on YouTube: Six Things All Parents Should Know

This blog post by Your sphere for parents: helping families live healthy digital lives is a useful one. It looks at keeping children and young adults safe on YouTube.

Topics covered include:

  • Under 13s shouldn’t have a YouTube account
  • Don’t use YouTube to let off steam
  • Use YouTube’s privacy settings
  • Never, ever respond to the bully
  • Use YouTube’s reporting tools
  • Never use personally identifiable information

Read the whole post here.

Youth and Media – Parents, Teens, and Online Privacy

This video came to my attention through the ACMA Cybersmart YouTube Channel.

The video is about a mother who friends her son on Facebook.

This video was made by the Youth and Media Summer Interns 2012 at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

It was created to make research findings on youth, parents, and online privacy accessible to a broader audience and to stimulate discussion among youth and parents.

The characters in this movie are fictional. However, a select number of quotes were taken directly from focus group interviews with youth, conducted by Youth and Media.
The video also includes data from the Pew (Pew Internet & American Life Project) report :

Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents

MindShift blog is reporting how both Facebook and YouTube are now offering support to schools and parents. They report that

Facebook has teamed up with Edutopia to help schools create social media guidelines.

As reported here in August, YouTube now has a support site for parents which includes help topics such as:

  • my child is being harassed, what do I do?
  • how do I report inappropriate content?
  • children’s profile information.

YouTube parent support site

YouTube can be a fantastic resource for adults and children alike, but there can be issues with content and comments. On the back of this, YouTube has developed a support site for parents  which includes:

  • safety tips
  • safety modes
  • commenting
  • reporting inappropriate content
  • reporting inappropriate contact
  • children’s profiles and more

Access the page here.

Determining credibility of information on the internet

Internationally renowned educator Howard Rheingold has produced an incredibly informative video on how to determine the credibility of what’s available on the net. ‘Crap Detection 101’ runs for just over 24 minutes but is well worth watching for adults and students alike. See Howard’s accompanying blog post here.