YouTube ScreenTime Management Tools

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.

Social Media Privacy Settings and Election Hacking (upper)

Video (3:08)

Discussion Questions:

    1. What are all the social media websites you’ve used and have accounts on?
    2. Do you allow social media websites to have access to your email contacts?
    3. Why might Facebook users want to change their default privacy settings?
    4. Have you adjusted your privacy settings on any social media accounts, and if so, how have you changed them?
    5. Do social media websites and targeted advertising pose a danger to democratic governments?

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Logan Paul, and the toxic YouTube prank culture that created him, explained (video contribution invitation)

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How to Write a Quality Comment! (intermediate)

Video (4:38)

Discussion Questions

    1. Why isn’t a short comment like “nice” or “great” a good comment?
    2. Why would you like to receive “quality comments” on your SeeSaw learning journal or other places you might share your ideas and work online?
    3. What are some examples of how you can “get a conversation going” with a comment in SeeSaw, on a blog, or somewhere else?
    4. What was your favorite suggestion from this video?
    5. How can we encourage each other to leave “quality comments?”

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If you share this video with your students, consider reaching out to the teacher who created it, 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Linda Yollis! You can contact Mrs. Yollis on Twitter @lindayollis. Check out her classroom blog, her classroom 365 photo project, and learn more on her website “About” page.

Be Kind Online (lower)

Video (1:57)

Discussion Questions

  1. What websites do you visit at school or home where people can chat together or write comments for each other?
  2. Why is it important for us to be kind to each other online?
  3. Have you had an experience when someone was not kind to you online? Would you share the story?
  4. What can we do to remind each other to be kind in person and online?
  5. What are some examples of comments we could leave for each other, maybe with help from an older student or an adult, for a classmate on our SeeSaw learning journal?

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Posting Pictures Online (intermediate)

Video (2:24)

Discussion Questions

  1. What age and grade do you think students at our school are starting to use photo and video sharing social media websites?
  2. Does SnapChat make sharing risky photos seem safer? Why is this or is this not true?
  3. Why is it a bad idea to share a photo of yourself in your swimsuit online?
  4. Who are trusted adults you can talk to if someone sends you an inappropriate photo?

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Say No to “Sexting” (upper)

Video (2:23)

Discussion Questions:

    1. 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?
    2. What age and grade do you think students at our school are starting to use photo and video sharing social media websites?
    3. Does SnapChat make sharing risky photos seem safer? Why is this or is this not true?
    4. Who are trusted adults you can talk to if someone sends you an inappropriate photo?
    5. How common is sharing “sexting photos” among students at our school?
    6. What are the best and most persuasive ways to influence other students NOT to share “sexting photos?”

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Password Advice and Password Managers (upper)

Video (3:15)

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you personally know anyone who has been hacked or had their identity stolen?
  2. Why is it a bad idea to use the same password on multiple websites and why do so many people do it?
  3. What is a password manager and why is it a good idea to use one?
  4. What password manager do you use or do you know about that others use?
  5. Who among your family members and friends needs to start using a password manager?

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If asked about password managers to recommend, as of August 2017 LifeHacker recommends five:

  1. LastPass
  2. 1Password
  3. Dashlane
  4. KeePass
  5. RoboForm

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How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying (video contribution invitation)

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Games Using Android Microphones to Track TV Ads You Watch (video contribution invitation)

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