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Teen CyberTalk Workshop: What Every Teen Should Know About Social Media

Updated on May 14, 2012

Welcome to the ‘CyberTalk’ Workshop. This workshop was presented at the Bloom Conference 2012. Hundreds of teenage girls ages 12-18 gather together every year in Southfield, Michigan to get empowered and feel more confident in their abilities to ‘Live Life With No Regrets.’

This workshop is intended for parents, students, educators and anyone that works with youth. Peer pressure is rampant, and makes life challenging for this generation of teenagers: Bullying, Cyber bullying, and Sexual exploitation are learking online. The objective for the workshop is to: have fun, learn something new and learn to use Social Media more effectively.

Control your emotions on Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Control your emotions on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. | Source

Three Big Players in the Social Media World

  • Facebook – 900 million users.
  • Twitter – 140 million users.
  • Instagram – 30 million users.

Key Points To Remember About Social Media

  1. God sees every word you write, type, say and think.
  2. Check with your parent/guardian before signing up.
  3. Watch your emotions.
  4. Social Media can be time-consuming.
  5. What you write online is exposed to the public.
  6. Protect yourself from predators.
  7. K.I.T. – Keep It Tasteful. If your mother or grandmother cannot see your page, you probably should not say or do it!

Students were given an opportunity to take a quiz on the history of Social Media. General questions were asked about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: How many users? Who is the founder? and What year the Social Media site got its start? were the main questions.

A few students answered all the questions correctly, and others were surprised at the answers. I think they learned something during the quiz -- even though some of it was trivia.


Dos and Don’ts of Social Media


  • Share congratulations.
  • Tell adult if you see something strange.
  • Be polite and courteous.
  • Send Happy Birthday wishes.


  • Send nude or nearly nude photos.
  • Tell your friend’s secrets.
  • Share phone numbers with strangers.
  • Argue.


Social Media Concerns

LLP, Ida Colquitt, shares these reminders about S.M.:

There are long-term affects of using S.M. Things that you post on the Internet will be there forever. Even though you may be able to delete posts, they could very well be archived on some other site. Employers, colleges, and organizations look at your Facebook page to find any raunchy behavior.

State Police are concerned about exploitation. The police have stepped up their game in catching predators and publicly helping society identify predators. You can now Google sex offenders in your neighborhood.

Predators are always watching you. Do realize that, someone is always watching you that are up to no good. The whole objective of a predator is to prey upon vulnerable people: teen and elderly, and take advantage of them. So when you post information and photos, keep in mind that someone up to no good is watching you.

Take-A-way Message

Think about what you have learned today. Fix the things you can. Don’t worry about what you cannot fix. Decide to do better. And above all, 'Live Life With No Regrets.'

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    Sima Ballinger 5 years ago from Michigan

    KrystalD, glad you took out time to make a comment on this Hub. It is vital for our teens, tweens and parents to be aware of the impact of Social Media, you can make it Good - or it can be Bad!

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    Sima Ballinger 5 years ago from Michigan

    Ninabrooks736, Wow! you read all my post - that's impressive. I am glad you saw this one. Teens need help today, for sure.

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    Sima Ballinger 5 years ago from Michigan

    teaches12345, I appreciate your thoughts "parents should cover these details before....sign up for facebook and other SMs." Happy to share! Thanks for your visit.

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    KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

    Great topic here. Teens definately need guidance in this area. Voting up and useful.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    Great advice for our teens using SM. I think parents should cover these details before allowing them to even being to sign up for facebook and other SMs. They should be made aware of the pros and cons of posts. Glad you shared this one.