Q4 Safe and Smart
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How involved should parents be in monitoring their children’s use of social media (social networks)? Parents want to feel their children are safe and making responsible decisions that are favorable to their future. Many students want privacy, or at least the ability to connect with their friends without having someone look over their shoulder. Is there a balance between these two positions? In this Quest, you are going to produce your own social media contract with guidelines you can share with your parents and with other students.
Reputation: Reputation is how you are viewed by people and by your community and the way these people think of you.
Social media contract: Social media contract is a list of guidelines for someone who posts content on a social network that a person uses when interacting with others in a social network.
I Can Statement
- create a social media contract to share with others
For Activity One, your teacher will put you into groups of three-four. Your teacher will choose whether to have you share your group decisions in the form of a class discussion or by posting to a social location such as a discussion board (Edmodo, Moodle), an online wall (Lino) or in a shared document.
1. Read this article about Social Media Contracts.
2. After you have read the article, discuss the three statements below with your group and have your group decide on a position using a 1-10 scale (1 = we totally disagree, 5 = we agree with some of it, but have some considerations, and 10 = we completely agree).
3. As you discuss each of the statements, have one person in each group capture the thoughts from each group member so that you are able to present the reasons in a class discussion or social location online.
STATEMENT ONE: Students should be at least 13 years of age to use social media sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram.
STATEMENT TWO: Parents should have knowledge of any social media site their children use, including access to the username and password.
STATEMENT THREE: A social media contract is a good way for parents to set guidelines for social media use by their children.
1. Watch this video about Online Photo Sharing
2. Discuss with your group and make a list that gives at least three reasons why it might NOT be smart to post and share photos in each of the following circumstances (what could happen that you didn't intend to):
a. Attending a party at a friend's house.
b. Making silly gestures.
c. Acting sexy.
3. Did you consider any of the following reasons?
a. A current job or future job application.
b. How it might impact your friends or family if they saw them.
4. Work in your group to write up a short paragraph that explains in your own words, that includes some circumstances as in part 2, that can be used in your own social contract to be safe and smart.
1. For your final activity in this Thing, you will create your own Social Media contract using Canva Poster Maker to create an online poster.
2. Follow your teacher's directions for creating an account in Canva, or use another tool as directed by your teacher. Note: Canva also has an iPad app.
3. Watch the video below and take some notes in the Thing 14 Social Network Reflections template provided in Quest 2.
- Post-to-be Private (about oversharing information)
4. Using Canva (YouTube tutorial by Canva, Design School tutorials) or another tool your teacher suggests, you are going to create a Social Media contract poster in which you list the rules you agree to follow when using social media, either now or in the future.
5. Review the notes you took as you watched the Do's and Don'ts in the Introduction as well as Post-to-be Private, and think about the things you have learned from the various activities you did as you went through this Thing. Be sure to sign your contract! You may be asked to present this poster to your parents for consideration or share it with other students, so be thoughtful about what you feel are the most important rules to follow when using social networks.
Completing this Quest
Share the link for your social media contract with your instructor (or post it following your teacher's directions).
Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap
I have completed the Quests as assigned by my teacher.
Go to the graduation page for this Thing.
Websites and Applications
Competencies & Standards
MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and
1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals when appropriate and to make choices on how to meet them, develop strategies using technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process.
b. Students build networks by making online connections with other learners
d. Understand the fundamental concepts (basics) of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies
2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology
c. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security
Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.