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:
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.