Social Media

Dear NMS Families,

It has come to my attention that there are certain Social Media practices taking place among our students that I would like to make you aware of.

Within the Snapchat App there is a “Stories” section where students can post picture/video stories with or without text.  Present trend shows that students are posting pictures of themselves and asking to be rated, or for opinions of other students.  In some instances, they are posting about other students to gather opinions as well.  This seems to be happening on Instagram as well.  Below are a few examples of the ways students are anonymously “rating” or “bullying” each other ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students will post a picture of themselves or another student and the description will say, “what is one word you think of when you think of me/my friend?”.  They will screenshot responses to which others may be “blocked” from seeing, put it in a photo editor, cross out the name of who said the comment, and send a screenshot to their friends.  A lot of times they will say, “I am being a good friend for letting them know this is happening”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other method they use is they post a picture in Snapchat asking for an opinion and post a link to another app called Sarahah.  Students can go into Saharah and leave an opinion and it is absolutely anonymous.  Other apps Students are using that are along the same idea are TBH (To Be Honest), and Pollyfun.  As you can imagine most times these opinions are not kind, and there isn’t a way to track who said them.  

 

A lot of times I ask students, why not just get off these apps and take a break?  They very willingly agree but not before stating they will give their password to a friend to continue their “streaks”.  A streak is on snapchat, it is a tracker of how many correspondences happen between two people.  An emoji appears with a number next to each person’s name.  Friendship in middle school seems to be measured by these streaks, and the bigger the streak the better the friendship.

 

I plan to do my annual Social Media Awareness night in the spring, yet when I see developing trends that are affecting our students I like to make parents/family members aware to encourage family conversations regarding the role your student plays.  If you have any questions or concerns please have your student reach out to me, or let me know and I will touch base!

 

Thank you for your time,

Melissa Thomas

School Counselor

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How was your day?

What does your child say when you ask how his/her day was? “Fine, ok.” Sometimes it is difficult to learn anything about what goes on at school! Here are a few suggestions that may actually give you some insight into your child’s day.

1. Where in the school do you hang out the most? (Like a particular hall, classroom, parking lot, etc.) Where in the school do you never hang out?

2. What would your school be better with? What would your school be better without?

3. If you were a teacher, what class would you teach? Which class would be the worst to teach? Why?

4. What was the coolest (saddest, funniest, scariest) thing that you saw today?

5. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

6. If your day at school today was a movie, what movie would it be?

7. Besides walking to their next classes, what else do people do in the halls in between classes?

8. Who do you think you could be nicer to?

9. Which is your easiest class? Which is your hardest class? OR Which class are you learning the most in? Which class are you learning the least in?

10. If they played music in the halls at school, what would everyone want them to play over the loudspeaker?

11. If you could read minds, which teacher’s mind would you read? Which classmate’s mind would you read? Whose mind would you NOT want to read?

12. If today had a theme song, what would it be?

13. Which class has your favorite group of students in it? Which class has the worst group of students?

14. What do you think you should do more of at school? What do you think you should do less of?

15. What are the top three (or five) things that you hear people say in the halls?

16. What do you think the most important part of school is?

17. Tell me one question that you had today, even if it wasn’t answered… actually, especially if it wasn’t answered…

18. Which class has the most cute boys/girls in it?

19. If an alien spaceship landed at your school, who would you like them to beam aboard and take back to their home planet?

20. Who did you help today? Who helped you today?

21. If you could be invisible for the day at school, what would you do?

22. What part of the day do you look forward to? What part of the day do you dread?

23. What would you change about school lunch?

24. Which classmate is most likely to be arrested, made president, become a millionaire, be in movies, let loose a flock of wild chickens in the library, etc.?

25. If you had to go to only one class every day, which class would it be?

26. Tell me one thing you read at school today.

27. If your day at school was an emoticon, which one would it be?

28. What do you think your teachers talked about in the faculty room today after school?

This post originally appeared on Simple Simon and Company: http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2014/08/25-ways-ask-teens-school-today-without-asking-school-today.html