Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Twitter - points to consider when encouraging use in lessons

I might have mentioned this to some of you in person, or in blog comments, but thought it worth a quick blog post:
If you are encouraging pupils to use Twitter, it will be a good idea to go through the following link:
https://support.twitter.com/articles/470968-families and design a lesson for your
pupils discussing good net-etiquette as well as privacy so that they are aware of their 'voice' online.

Also as Twitter is made up of lots of diverse communities of people, they need to be aware of not sharing 'personal information' like mobile numbers, locations etc. - particularly if they are young. This is all part of developing their digital citizenship - an important issue to address with pupils before they use these platforms.

As mentioned during our first 3 days, in the US , because of the COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), many social platforms ask for a minimum age of 13. As far as I can tell Twitter doesn't appear to ask for a minimum age for members. However, my suggestion would be that they are at least 13 if you want to get them to use Twitter as part of your lesson.

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