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Updated: 09/11/2013 5:02 PM
Created: 09/07/2013 9:48 AM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Jennie Olson

INTERVIEW: Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media Sites

Snapchat, Ask.fm, Kik and Pheed – they’re the latest social media sites teens are flocking to, but these sites could pose some real dangers in the realm of cyberbullying.

Globe University Social Media Content Strategist Pamela Muldoon joined KSTP Saturday morning to talk about these sites and how to keep your kids safe.

Watch the interview in the video box above.

Globe University has provided additional information about some of the sites teens are using:

Twitter:  Teens are increasingly moving to Twitter for faster pace, shorter conversations.  Twitter also has Vine, which is a video-sharing app that’s designed so users can film short, separate instances that can be linked together for a total of six seconds. Each short video plays in a continuous loop and is viewable directly in Twitter’s timeline.

SnapChat:  Snapchat is a mobile app you can download to your iPhone or Android smartphone, which you can then use to “chat” with friends through photos, videos and captions, similar to texting with pictures or videos. One of the most unique things about Snapchat is the “self-destructing” feature for photos a few seconds after photos have been viewed. When you chat with a friend by sending them a photo, the photo is instantly deleted seconds after it’s been opened by the recipient.

Ask.FM:  This is similar to FB but is popular with teens due to the anonymity factor; you can post comments or follow others anonymously.

Kik:  Kik is a cross-platform smartphone application for instant messaging. It’s similar to text messaging, however a user needs to download the app first and be connected to WiFi before using it. Most people use Kik as an alternative to email or text messaging, often as a way to avoid expensive data charges or avoid going any text limits.
Pheed:  Pheed is a new social media platform that lets you share text, photos, videos and audio. Propelled by teenage users, Pheed topped the App Store's social networking category in late February.  

Steps to help prevent cyberbullying:  

  • Don't talk to strangers.  If you don't know them, block them
  • Don't reply to any degrading, rude or vulgar posts
  • Report inappropriate posts, pictures, or videos
  • Don't delete the inappropriate material; take a screen shot if you can.
  • If you suspect your child's safety is at risk, document all of the online or text correspondence and contact the authorities.
  • Never share your username and password with anyone except a parent
  • Teach your child the I/B/R program:  Ignore, Block, Report
  • Keep lines of communication open with your child; have them provide password information to you, the parent

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