Parent Social Media Safety Webinar

In August 2016, Damien High School hosted Josh Ochs, founder of Safe, Smart, Social. Mr. Ochs is a digital citizenship expert who provides training for parents and students. He provided insight on how to use social media to create a portfolio of accomplishments to impress colleges and employers.

With social media playing an increasingly integral part in the social and emotional lives of youth, Damien High School understands the value of showing students how to think about their future and use social media as a positive portfolio of accomplishments to shine online.

 

Last week over 500 people registered for our FREE webinar: 

"Learn the 30+ bad apps your students should avoid"

This free webinar will walk you through all of the bad apps we suggest your students should not use. 
 
The latest social media app guide we have reviewed is GroupMe (and we don't like it). 
 

thumbs-down Gather app


GroupMe App (Owned by Microsoft)
Age: 13+
GroupMe is a messaging app where users can send group or private messages from their computer or phone using WiFi. Since activity from the GroupMe app doesn’t show up on their parents’ phone bill, some students use the app to hide their messaging activity. The app has built-in features that allow users to search the web directly from the app. There is no way to moderate or filter that content. Watch our GroupMe App video.
 
 

thumbs-down IMVU app


IMVU App
Age: 17+
IMVU is an app where users create custom avatars and use them to chat with strangers in random chats or 3D chat rooms. This app can be used by predators to try and get victims to share their phone number, send photos, and video chat off of the app. Content on IMVU is inappropriate for teens and avatars can be used to simulate explicit activities. Watch our IMVU App video.

thumbs-down Gather app


Gather App
Age: 13+
The Gather app is an event planning app that makes it easy for users to create and share real life events. Invitations can be sent to anyone in a user’s phone contacts, even if they don’t have the app. The app uses a method of spamming that creates false credibility since users think their friends are suggesting they use the app. Watch our Gather App video.
 

thumbs-down tbh app icon logo


tbh App (Owned by Facebook)
Age: 12+
TBH stands for “to be honest”, and the tbh app is a social networking platform where users anonymously answer questions/polls about their classmates. Even though the questions/polls are approved by the developers, tbh can still promote bullying and make it easier for students to become a target. Watch our tbh App video.
 

Parents: Learn Snapchat In Parent University

  • This program gives parents videos to watch with their kids
  • Students listen to an outside trusted expert and are more engaged
  • Parents also get classes that bring them up to speed on Snapchat
Learn more about Parent University
 

Educators: Schedule a Digital Citizenship Assembly/Speech At Your School For January-May

  • Our message shows students how to use social media to create a portfolio of accomplishments that impress colleges and employers.
  • We also speak to thousands of parents each year to bring them up to speed on how they can have a dialog with their kids about social media safety.
Learn about our Digital Safety Speeches
 

GroupMe is a messaging app where users can send group or private messages from their computer or phone using WiFi. Learn why this app is in our Red Zone, why parents should be concerned if their child is using GroupMe, and what to do if your child has the app.


With Facebook being the largest social media network in the world, it’s important for parents to teach their kids Facebook safety. Facebook also happens to be in our Green Zone which means it can have a positive impact on your student’s digital footprint when used wisely.


Due to technology and social media, anxiety is on the rise. Nobody wants to talk about mental health because of the stigma it has. So, the only way to make progress and help normalize the conversation is to learn how to become comfortable talking about anxiety and mental health.


YouTube can have a positive impact on your digital footprint. Learn how to create videos that help build your positive online resume, why creating a YouTube channel can be beneficial for your college admissions efforts, and what can go wrong if you use YouTube in a negative way.


IMVU is an app where users create custom avatars and use them to chat with strangers in random chats or 3D chat rooms. Learn why IMVU is in our red zone, how predators use the app to target victims, and what to do if your child has the app.


TBH stands for “to be honest”, and the tbh app is a social networking platform where users anonymously answer questions/polls about their classmates. Learn why this app is in our red zone, what other parents are saying about the tbh app, and what to do if your child has it.


Before giving them the keys to the car, parents teach their teen driving safety–and now that includes teaching digital safety. Learn how to teach your teen driving safety, how to discuss the risks of using their devices while driving, which safety apps can help, and more.

Parents of kids 8-18:

Social Media Safety Webinar for Parents 450

Parents of teens:

College Prep Social Media Webinar for Parents of Teens 450

Educators & Districts:

Educator and School District Digital Citizenship Webinar 600