Tech Tuesday: Facebook is for Old People, Part 1

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 

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Trying to keep up with your tween or teen or young adult child or students when it comes to technology? Me too.

I was recently reminded by a precocious 16 year old that “Facebook is for old people”. Of course, she has a Facebook account on which she posts about 4 times a day–an amount she terms as “not that much.” Holy wow! I need to get up to date on these things and I bet you do too. We’ll cover some of the latest apps and websites over the next three weeks.

Let’s start with 3 of the most common ones.

Snapchat

  • Description: Sends photos/videos to friends. Sender chooses the amount of time before the message self-destructs.
  • Appeals to: Kids, who mostly use it for funny pictures
  • Warnings: Top app for sexting. Screenshots can be taken of images and later used for blackmail, etc. Everyone with your phone number can easily send you a Snapchat.

Instagram

  • Description: Social photo/video sharing app. Also used for editing. Can be connected to your Facebook account for cross-posting.
  • Appeals to: Anyone who likes to take selfies (kids); Moms; The same people who like Pinterest
  • Warnings: By default anyone can follow you without permission.

Twitter

  • Description: Service for sharing short, public messages (tweets).  Can be connected to your Facebook account for cross-posting.
  • Appeals to: Kids, who seem very comfortable with wide open relationships; Businesses aiming to be always connected with customers; People, such as bloggers, who like to share ideas with the public (without the official ties of a formal social network)
  • Warnings: All tweets are public. There is an entire language that must be learned in order to engage/monitor young people.

If you need to monitor/engage young people, it’s time to get signed up for all of these services so that you know how they work firsthand. Because of the hazards associated with Snapchat and the difficulty in monitoring historical use, I strongly advise parents to ban Snapchat. In my opinion, Twitter and Instagram can be part of teaching your kids healthy uses for technology (when age-appropriate).

Got an app/website you would like to see featured in the upcoming weeks?

 

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