Twitter - A Guide for Parents and Students

posted 27 Jun 2018, 07:14 by N Nelson
Age…
  13 +

Consists of… 

Photo/Video Sharing

Messaging

Location Sharing

Content Sharing

About the app:

Twitter is a social media site and app that lets you post public messages called tweets. These can be up to 280 characters long. As well as tweets, you can send private messages and post pictures/videos. Brands, companies and celebrities can also have Twitter accounts.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/twitter/

For more detailed information on Twitter and its safety, rules and regulations. Press Ctrl + Click the link above!

Children’s Views:

What do children and young people say to look out for:

15% of the children and young people who reviewed Twitter thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Twitter were:

·        Seeing inappropriate content

·        It can be used for bullying people

·        It’s hard to know what’s true

Why young people like it:

·        People write funny tweets

·        Being able to express yourself

·        Following celebrities and finding out what’s going on in the world

Parents say:

“Apart from choosing a user name, it was very easy to sign up. With a valid email address, you can sign up as anybody. Absolutely no measures in place to verify ID or age.” – Father of a 13-year-old girl

“There’s plenty of sexist, racist and fascist content on Twitter. Intolerance towards ethnic minorities, women being bullied, dismissed or sexualised. There are hard-core pornographic accounts on Twitter.” – Father of 11 and 13 year olds

Young people say:

“I like that I can see what’s happening at certain places and what people think about certain things. Without the right settings you can be contacted by anyone but it is simple to set privacy settings.” Boy – 13                     

“It is very difficult to control the information that circulates throughout Twitter, as anyone can share tweets, images and videos of another person, whose content could be deemed offensive.” 18-Year-Old

“I like healthy discussion with people you wouldn't be able to normally talk to. But such a high usage means different people with different opinions can cause people to be offended and argue just to offend.” Girl - 17

What Twitter say: "Twitter is the place to find out about what's happening in the world right now. Whether you're interested in music, sports, politics, news, celebrities, or everyday moments—come to Twitter to see and join in on what's happening now."

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