Choices, Decisions and Safety

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What are they:

Instagram: Instagram allows members users to upload, edit and share photos with other members through the Instagram website, email, and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare and Flickr.

Facebook acquired Instagram on 2012 and owns all rights to the app, platform and user content.

Facebook: a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues.

Snap Chat: Snapchat is a mobile app that allows users to send and receive "self-destructing" photos and videos. Photos and videos taken with the app are called Snaps.  Snaps are visible for no longer than 15 seconds before disappearing.  That said, all snaps do live on a server even after they disappear from users devices.

Twitter: Twitter is a free social networking micro blogging service that allows registered members to broadcast short posts called tweets. Twitter members can broadcast tweets and follow other users' tweets by using multiple platforms and devices.

Google +: Google+ (pronounced Google plus) is a Google social networking project. The Google+ design team sought to replicate the way people interact offline more closely than is the case in other social networking services, such as Facebook and Twitter.


The Minimum Age to Create a Profile/Account for any Social Media Platform is 13 With Parent Permission.  No Exceptions.

Read The Terms of Service

When you post any photo, video, text, information, you are in effect signing a contract/license to allow the platform to use and display your content however they see fit.  While you do maintain ownership of your content, you do not always maintain control.

Creating a Positive Digital Footprint:

• Who you are online, is who you are.

• Post items of value

• Stay positive

• Follow LARK (legal, appropriate, responsible, kind) and WOW (worthy of the world)

• Think of it as a document for your future  

• Be selective as to whom you connect with. Do not interact with strangers.

• Use privacy settings

Parental Safety/Controls

• Check your child’s technology usage regularly

• Have usernames and passwords for all accounts (email, apps, social)

• Be connected on all Google docs/Google apps

• Set clear times and boundaries for technology usage

• Establish Charging Stations: Store all devices in a parent maintained area at night

• Be aware of what devices are internet accessible in your home (iPod, iPad, tablets,

  phones, laptops, computers, etc.)

• Be a good technology role model for your child

Contact Info

If you have any additional questions or would like to connect with WaylandCares for any reason, please feel free to email or call.  As always, our monthly coalition meetings are the third Tuesday of every month from 7:45AM-9:00AM in the faculty lounge at Wayland High School.  These meeting are always open and all are welcome to attend.