internet safety

High School Teachers Read Mean Tweets About Themselves

Written on March 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm , by

While we know that it’s impossible to post anything online truly anonymously, sometimes we all need a bit of reminding. Especially teens.

But that wisdom will definitely stick for the video production students of Los Alamitos High School. The students drove home the “be careful what you post” message in this very funny video in the style of the popular Jimmy Kimmel segment “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”.

Teachers (one of whom didn’t even know what a tweet was) read mean messages about themselves as the song “Everybody Hurts” plays lightly in the background. Although the tweets are not real, they’re all based on the students’ most common thoughts about the teachers. Besides proving a point, this video shows that high school teachers have a pretty good sense of humor.

Be sure to share this video with your teen.

A Good Reason for Your Teen to Blog

Written on May 10, 2012 at 10:58 am , by

Here’s some news that will actually have you encouraging your teen to log on: Blogging may help soothe stress and boost self-esteem, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers say blogs are even more effective than written journals for kids because they promote sharing, allow feedback and build interpersonal skills. Help your teenager set up his own blog by following these steps.

1. Choose the right platform. “Go with Blogger or WordPress—they are easy to use, customizable and have the best privacy options,” says Gwenn O’Keeffe, M.D., American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson and a social media expert.

2. Tweak privacy settings. Talk to your child about having a private blog, and letting only you and handpicked people have access. “Rude, off-topic feedback from anonymous readers won’t help a vulnerable teen,” explains O’Keeffe. Plus, it can be dangerous to reveal personal details—name, school, hometown—to strangers.

3. Become a fan. Check out the blog regularly—at least a few times a month. “The default temperament for teens at home is a poker face, so you might be surprised by how expressive your child can be on a blog,” says O’Keeffe. If you notice something that’s worrying—a poem about sadness or dying, for example—casually bring it up. “Say, ‘I enjoyed your poem, but I’m curious to know how you were feeling when you wrote it,’ ” suggests O’Keeffe.

Is your teen a blogger? If so, do you read his or her blog?