Pinterest has Exploded! My Prediction? Teens will Fall Hopelessly in Love with it.

Surprise them. Know the latest in social media before they do!  The word is: teens are leaving Facebook for Pinterest.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all things you find on the web that interest you such as Wedding Flowers or Sport:

It works a bit like your kitchen fridge. Once created your friends comment on them.

This is a teen’s dream! Imagine the sheer freedom of being able to pin up anything that interests them for everyone to see. The catch for young players is that their definition of ‘interesting’ may not always be ours.

What about setting up an account together?

Like anything else, it is about education. It’s choosing the digital footprint you leave, it’s about teaching digital citizenship, it’s about what a pinboard can say about you to an audience you may not be able to control.  Be part of the experience rather than a bystander?  Be on the front foot.

Concerns for Parents

Pictures and comments are not filtered, so inappropriate material and language can potentially be shared. You can report questionable content to Pinterest by clicking on the Report Pin button.

A teen’s choice of material may not always be the most appropriate. A teen may chose to use Pinterest for reasons that you cannot possibly predict, inadvertently or deliberately. Pinboards to cyberbully of ‘Ugly People’ or identify location such as ‘My School’.

There is only one privacy setting.  If you tick it, it ensures that your Pinterest Profile is hidden from Search Engines but otherwise what they pin up is there for all to see and they can see what everyone else pins up.

Pictures can be taken from the internet, plagiarism is a possibility. Make sure that any photo used is cited correctly.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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