Welcome! The following thoughts are my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the point of view of my employer. You and I may disagree and that is perfectly fine with me. This is simply a place for me to publish some thoughts that I feel strongly about. This section is not for kids. Thank you for reading!
Your Child and Twitter
I use Twitter daily in my 2nd grade classroom. We have a classroom account @2ndCougars where we share and interact with other classes, authors, teachers, experts, etc from around the world. Twitter is an incredible tool-- but more on that in a future post!
I have noticed that several of my students have their own personal Twitter accounts. Cool, right? Maybe. I personally recommend against it. When I use Twitter in my classroom, I do so with a very watchful eye. I never let my students see their followers. Why? Junk followers and junk favorites. A quick scroll through our followers reveal an incredible amalgamation of teachers, classrooms and techies. But peppered in are junk followers with inappropriate material on their page. One follower has a header that proclaims in large letters, "GET THAT S--- UNDER CONTROL!" (without the dashes). Yet another has a scantily-clad couple in a certain *ahem* situation. I HATE THIS. It's not good for kids. Why are they following a class of 2nd graders?
The internet is so incredible but also has so much adult content. Imagine this: "Hey, I got a new follower! I wonder who it is?" *click* UH-OH. This happens and it is so quick. This is why I strongly urge you (parent) to not set up a Twitter account for your child. If you do, I urge you to be extremely vigilant! Do not take your eyes from the screen. Log in and view right before your child does. Don't have them follow celebrities or sports stars. Kids need positive models and celebs model bad social media habits. Are there exceptions? Of course.
What is the alternative? If you want your child to see things on Twitter, I would suggest showing them things from your personal account. That way you have absolute control over everything. Tweet, favorite, and explore appropriate content together! I trust you. I really do. You are a parent and you know what is best for your child. Inappropriate material will eventually cross paths with your child. You will handle it well because you are a good parent. I believe in you! Thank you for reading.