Quick Tips #1

February 12, 2009 at 10:24 am | Posted in Online Safety | Leave a comment
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Quick Tip for Parents:

Do you know who’s following your children on Twitter?  There are many direct marketers and other less-than-savory folks out on twitter. To protect your children from these unfriendly followers, try using TwerpScan. The caveat is that you need the twitter login name and password to run this. Twerpscan will provide a list of followers they recommend blocking.

Another handy Twitter tool for parents is TweetEffect. TweetEffect will let you know why people are choosing to follow your child based on their latest tweets. (A “tweet”, by the way, is the 140 character string they post on twitter.) No password required.

Lastly, if you want to check out the profile of a specific Twitter follower, try SocialWhois. For example, if you enter Robin611 (my Twitter id), you’ll see my self-defined Twitter description, what I’m interested in and where to find me online.  SocialWhois is limited by the fact that information either comes from SocialWhois itself, Twitter or FriendFeed.

Quick Tip for Teachers:

Be aware of cyberbullying. Bullying is no longer happening just on the playground. The incidences of cyberbullying is on the rise.  The best site I know of that can educate you on how to spot and prevent cyberbullying is StopCyberBullying.org. They even have a special section just for educators.

Quick Tip for Kids:

To Last Name or not to Last Name? Hey kids, I know it’s confusing. Sometimes your teachers tell you to write your last name and sometimes they tell you to only use your first name. Well, to make it easier follow this simple rule:

If I’m handing it in, Last Name shows it’s mine
Use First Name only, if I’m going online

And remember kids, Never Give Anyone Your Address, Phone Number or Email Address if you don’t know them in real life.

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