This week we were tasked at looking at the concept of digital citizenship, including Mike Ribble’s nine elements through our major project update. Since the main goal for my major project is to guide students through the safe use of Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and Flipgrid, I will focus on Ribble’s S3 Framework (Safe, Savvy and Social).
First, a quick update with my Instagram and TikTok highlights this week:
With each post I make on Instagram or TikTok, I try to imagine that I am a young user of the apps. When I receive comments or direct messages, would these be appropriate considering the content I am posting? Everything is fairly “lighthearted” with @callie.the.golden.pup, but I can’t help but think about the audience I am attracting. What if I flipped it and I was actually someone with inappropriate or dangerous intentions? I am attracting a young audience with my Instagram and TikTok accounts, so what if I used this as a way to lure my followers down a dangerous path?
This reminds me of some ‘Social Media Rules’ from MediaSmarts.ca :
- I will only follow people I know personally.
- I will always show an adult any message or post that makes me feel uncomfortable or threatened.
- I will never share any personal information about myself, such as my age, where I live, and where I go to school.
- I will keep my whereabouts to myself: I will turn off any location settings that tell people exactly where I am or where a photograph was taken.
- I will never publish anything I wouldn’t want my parents, teachers, and grandparents to see, because photos can be shared widely, with anyone, in a matter of seconds.
- When creating a password, I will make one up that is hard for someone else to guess but easy for me to remember. I will never reveal it to anyone (except my parents or a trusted adult) – not even my best friend.
- I will always check my privacy settings and go over them with my parents.
- I will practice the golden rule and always treat others as I would like to be treated. I will T.H.I.N.K. before I leave a comment or send a message: is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?
- I will not upload or tag photos of other people without their permission.
By using these guidelines and thinking about digital citizenship from a responsible use policy compared to an acceptable use policy (Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools), we can encourage our students and children to protect themselves and others. This is considered the base of digital citizenship as ‘Safety’ in Ribble’s S3 Framework.
We had a slower week on Instagram in terms of new followers, comments and likes. I continue to post at least daily, but I am struggling with coming up with some original content. I read an article, Everything You Need to Know About Doggo Lingo to try an incorporate the terminology in my captions and comments.
This week I received three direct messages from the same follower. Each message contained a picture that I was able to view once before disappearing. This made me feel very uncomfortable, because I was a little afraid of what kind of picture I would be opening, especially since I do not know this follower personally. What if it was something gross? Luckily it was just a picture of the dog, but it made me stop and think about my own social media rules. With Instagram, there are direct message photo options: View Once, Allow Replay, Keep in Chat. Additionally, you can “unsend” an image or message if the receiver has not opened the message. What are the implications of these kind of functions?
Questions/Plans for next week:
- Should I comment on other posts to increase engagement?
- Experiment with different hashtags and take advantage of common trends (like throwback thursday #tbt)
- How engaged do I want to be with other followers? I might experiment with my follower engagement (replying to comments, liking more posts) this week to see how this affects the number of followers and likes.
TikTok was blowing up with new likes, comments and followers this week. Each time I check the app, I have at least 5 new followers. Overall my content was a hit or miss though- I haven’t quite figured out what my followers “want”. One thing I have noticed is that if I spend a lot of time on a post with captions and choosing a trending audio clip, I generally receive more views. But that is the hard part – trying to find the time to watch enough TikTok videos to find something interesting to do with my dog, Callie. I also find the video editing function on the app to be very challenging to use – it is hard to sync up the video and audio.
Questions/Plans for next week:
- Look at my followers to see a trend (so far, it appears to be very young girls) – what kinds of videos receive the most likes?
- Look at some pet accounts that have thousands (or millions) of views and likes. What makes these accounts different or special?
- Research some tips and tricks for video editing on TikTok
- Using this article as a guide to increase engagement, I will:
- participate in the daily TikTok “challenges”
- reply to comments
- post 3 times a day (I have a feeling this will be impossible, but maybe I can try!)
My “everything you need to know” guide is a work in progress and should be complete in the next week! Stay tuned. As a teaser – there are some significant privacy and data sharing concerns with this app. As a result (and due to my school division policy), I am rethinking about how/if I will continue to use the app with my students.
Nothing new to report, but Snapchat is up next on my list to complete an ‘everything you need to know’ guide. Last week I explained that I would not be adding Snapchat to my experiential list, but that I would still complete and app overhaul. Through conversations with my students, it seems like it is one of the most used communication and messaging app.
Plans for next week:
- Post Flipgrid “everything you need to know” guide
- try to increase engagement with followers
- Participate in daily challenges, post more frequently, engage with followers
- Learn more about video editing within the app
- Begin research for my app overhaul
Thank you for reading! If there is anything you would love to have in my app “everything you need to know” guides, please let me know in the comments.
Until next time,