On August 27, Google announced new features of YouTube which can help monitor and manage screentime. In the official YouTube blog post, “Tools to Take Charge of Your Digital Wellbeing,” YouTube administrators explained the new “Time Watched” menu option is available under your YouTube profile on both their mobile app and browser-based interface. After selecting it, you can view the amount of time you’ve watched YouTube the past day and week. You can also opt to have YouTube remind you to take a break periodically.
With lots of teens watching LOTS of YouTube videos these days, it’s important to monitor and manage screentime. This is true for adults as well! Check out the free YouTube monitoring tools and ask your children and/or students to do the same. Let this spark a conversation about how much time you’re each spending on YouTube, how much time is “too much,” and what limits are appropriate for teens as well as adults when it comes to YouTube screentime.
Obviously MySpace isn’t popular now like it was in 2014 when this video was created, but other social media websites are. What social media websites do you use the most and do you think other teens at our school are using most to share photos and videos?
What age and grade do you think students at our school are starting to use photo and video sharing social media websites?
Does SnapChat make sharing risky photos seem safer? Why is this or is this not true?
Who are trusted adults you can talk to if someone sends you an inappropriate photo?
How common is sharing “sexting photos” among students at our school?
What are the best and most persuasive ways to influence other students NOT to share “sexting photos?”
Note:The video embedded above is a slightly edited version of a video originally published by Vox. At 2:47 of the original a reference to profanity was included, so that reference has been obscured in this edited version. This editing and re-sharing was done under fair use provisions of U.S. copyright law, and the video has been shared as “unlisted” on YouTube to limit any potential impact on the original video and publisher.