The tools every parent must know to keep your kids safe on the Internet
One of the parents from my daughter’s class, Chris Roberts, created this checklist for ensuring our younger “web surfers” remain safe. I think it’s a great list, so, with his permission, I am sharing it here for safe explorations.
For the younger children – 12 and under:
1. Create separate user accounts for each child on the home computer.
2. Enable strict content filtering on the computer.
3. Install anti-virus, malware software, etc.
4. Establish a select list of sites they’re allowed to visit. (We talk about the sites they want to visit, spend time on them together, and then I go through the sites and click through as deep as I can to understand the site content, culture, links, and ads, if they have them.) If I think they’re okay, then they’re added to the list.
5. Enable YouTube Safe Mode on all web browsers (no matter what the age of user). Remember, you have to enable the safe mode per child, per account set up.
Mama Said: Facebook Etiquette for Moms
Educators are constantly talking about how to teach kids responsible use of the Internet and social media. Parents look over their child’s shoulder while he or she is logged on. Schools try to address social media safety and appropriate Google searches. We use software to try to block “bad” sites.
But what about moms on Facebook?
Facebook provides many of us with a place to connect with family and friends dispersed all over the country. It is an easy way to say, “Hey, look what we’re up to!” or “Don’t the kids look awesome?!”
It is fun to log on and get a glimpse into our old friends’ lives. It makes us feel that we are a still a part of them. And it gives us a place to vent about the latest ridiculous story in politics or entertainment. Facebook has made it easy to find friends we thought were long lost to us.
Yet we do not all feel the same way about what should, or should not, be posted there.
How to Delete a Facebook group
Hmmm…. have you created a Facebook group and changed your mind? Don’t want it out there anymore?
There seems to be no simple way to delete a Facebook group so here is how to do it…..
First send a message to everyone in your group about closing the group. Then remove everyone from the group so you’re the only member, then click on leave group. When the last member leaves it gets deleted.
The Difference between a Facebook Profile, Facebook Group and a Facebook Fan Page
Often times I have been asked about the difference between a Facebook Group and a Facebook Fan page. Facebook can be confusing when you first join. So without going into too much detail, I will explain the difference between the 3 different types of presences on Facebook.
A user profile is a place on Facebook for your personal information. The place where you can engage with your friends and keep things casual. You can add as much personal information as you would like, however, be cautious of HOW much info you share. (Recently I had watched a news program that mentioned not to put your birthday, address or phone number on your Facebook profile.) There is a place for pictures, links and other random fun ways to engage with your friends.
A Facebook Group can be created or joined. Groups are formed by Facebook users around a common interest. For instance, Mile High Mamas, has a Facebook Group. According to Facebook, “A group can be created by going to the Groups application and clicking “Create a Group” in the upper right corner of the page. All groups require a group name, description and group type.” Groups are not circulated into the members’ feed or also called a stream on their user profile. Therefore if you want to see group updates, you need to go to the group page.
A Facebook Page or sometimes called a Fan page, is meant for businesses, public figures or a brand. Facebook users can become a “fan” of your business. The fan page/business page is a place where “fans” can interact with your business or other fans of the business. A fan page is good because updates made on the fan page are circulated into the home “feed” of the users. When someone becomes a “fan” of your page, friends of the person who fanned the page can then see that their friend fanned the page, and they then can also fan your page. I manage a Fan Page for BornFit. I happen to like the Fan page because we can post updates about BornFit events, sales as well as recent blog posst from the BornFit Blog. The Facebook fan page is another great place to gain more traffic for your website and exposure for your business.
Hope I explained this to better help you understand Facebook. Post a comment below if you have any more questions regarding this subject.
Or if you are a Facebook “pro”… Do you have a Fan Page for your business? What sorts of things do you post on there? How do you like having a Fan Page?