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Social Media Presentation


Officer Cliff Priestley


* Facebook – largest social media site but most teens avoid it because parents use it.


* You Tube – popular for all ages. You Tube Kids – videos are more child-friendly.


* Instagram – recently added disappearing photos and videos. Because photos disappear, teens can send inappropriate photos to others with the expectation that the recipient will only see it for a brief moment and then it will disappear. Teens have figured out different ways to capture those images without the sender knowing it.


* Finsta /fake Instagram – used to share goofy or private photos. You can locate their other accounts by logging into the account, going to the profile page, clicking on the down arrow next to their name. The drop down menu should show all accounts connected to that device.


* Twitter – has “lists” in the menu that allow you to have separate timelines. If you’re following someone you can’t see who they are friends with if those friends are added to “lists” instead of the main timeline. The only way to see everyone a user is following is to have access to their account and look at “lists” in the menu.


* Snapchat – creates many issues for teens. Disappearing photos and videos promote sending inappropriate content. Even if you follow your teen on Snapchat, you can’t see who they are following, who they are talking to, what they see, or what they post unless they send it to you.

There is a Snapchat map feature that shows where your teen is sending content from if it is enabled. Someone could look at it and see the general area where your teen lives.

There is also a folder called “My Eyes Only” in Snapchat that is password protected. It keeps photos and videos that teens don’t want anyone else to see if someone picked up their phone and opened the app.


* There are “hider apps” that function like a calculator or other apps. One app functions like a calculator until you type in a password. Then it opens up a hidden gallery of pictures or videos that you put there. The point is to fool anyone who might pick up a phone and start looking through it.


* There are apps that help parents keep track of what their teens are doing and where they are. You can search “parental control” and similar terms on the app store or on Google and learn about them. One app is called “Life 360”. It helps parents keep track of where their teens are and how fast they are moving in a vehicle.

Another app called “OurPact” lets parents set curfews and time limits on devices for bedtime. 


* Learn about what your teens are doing on social media and their phones. Ask questions. Parents have a right to know what their children are doing online and on phones.