My Quest To Teach

April 10, 2017

Parents What You Don’t know about Social Media Can Hurt Your Kids

Parents What You Don’t know about Social Media Can Hurt Your Kids
by William Jackson – williamderekjackson@gmail.com
Educator, Blogger, Social Media Visionary and Speaker
#MyQuestToTeach

 

 

 

 

 

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Speaking to the youth and teens attending the
Social Media workshop at The Bridge of Northeast
Florida, the third this year. Educating these elementary
and middle school students about the seriousness of
posting content on un-monitored Social Media platforms
and using digital tools that could put them in danger of
Cyberstalking, CyberPorn, CyberBullying and Sexting.

Even at this young age some students admit they have
been bullied online and know of situations where people
have been stalked from strangers.
Parents must check Social Media accounts their children
use, check phones for photos, video and other digital
information to keep their children from getting “caught up”
in mess that can cause physical and emotional harm and
even involved in law enforcement investigations.

Schools must now have safeguards and policies to keep
students in all grades from posting information like
location, who they are with and what they are doing to keep
from being followed. It is important for parents to Google
their children from time to time to keep them safe and not
have their children associated with those even online that
are involved in drugs, gangs, Sexting, pornography,
bullying and human trafficking.

These actions may affect the ability to enter college, the
military and even affect credit scores in the future. The
misunderstanding is that if a Social Media site is deleted
this will “hide” them. Social Media platforms archive all
their information, backup their backups thus data is never
deleted or lost.

The Bridge of Northeast Florida has placed a high priority
to educate their students from K to High School because
student safety physical, mental and emotional are being
impacted by the choices that are being made because of
Social Media activities. Cynthia Gibson and her staff
coordinating the workshops understand that children are
at serious risk and many parents just don’t understand the
technology.

Her proactive measures may mean keeping a child from
Sexting that can ruin their personal, digital and future
professional reputations. Keeping students from Cyber-
bullying that may cause others to consider suicide because
they feel abandoned and friendless.

Educator and Social Media consultant and visionary
William Jackson of My Quest To Teach are speaking at
conferences, workshops, school events and churches to
help parents understand the dangers and even the benefits
of Social Media platforms and tools to keep children and
families save.

Teaching over 20 years in elementary and higher education,
speaking, blogging nationally and internationally and having
a strong PLN (Professional Learning Network) helps to gain
and share information that can empower parents and engage
students about both sides of Social Media the light and the
dark.

DCPS Launches New Safety Hotline
The Early Learning Coalition of Duval is asking families to
take the “Unplug and Connect” pledge by putting down
the mobile devices to spend increased quality time with their
children. Instead of focusing attention on a digital device, do
an activity that allows you to have a closer connection with
your family without the distractions of a wired world.
To take the pledge, visit www.earlylearningjax.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources:

Jacksonville’s ONE-STOP early learning resource.
ELC Duval – Twitter: @ELCDuval
Jacksonville, FL
Web: http://EarlyLearningJax.org

The Bridge of Northeast Florida
1824 N. Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
General Information
Phone: 904-354-7799 Fax: 904-354-6352
Email to: info@bridgejax.com
http://www.bridgejax.com/

February Workshop 2017

April 2, 2017

Your Selfies, DP and Taco Picts Can Hurt You

Your Selfies, DP and Taco Picts Can Hurt You
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach @wmjackson

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The more I speak at conferences, churches and with
youth groups the more I see that information needs
to be shared with parents and their children.
Too many parents are clueless that their children are
involved in Sexting, Cyberbullying, and even digital
Pimping. Yes I said digital Pimping. The use of  Social
Media to post personal pictures, tantalizing videos,
stimulating sexual photos and senseless party picts
may be fun and exciting, but they can hurt a teen and
young adults e-reputation, e-personality and potentially
their credit score.

You can forget being involved in politics, ministry and in
some cases community service. If you “equipment” is posted
for everyone to see that is almost and death sentence for
community dreams. Employers, educational institutions
and even the military have the capability to check Social
Media platforms to look for and find potentially harmful
information that can stop college entrance, put a stop on
receiving scholarships and internships, even prevent starting
a promising career in a dream job making millions.

Parents should learn the terminology their children are
using online to stop potential problems before they happen,
giving their children a Smartphone is not very bright without
talking about expectations for behaviors and actions.
It is almost like giving the keys of their car to a unlicensed
driver with no experience and no insurance. The Internet
contains the worst and the best of human information,
but youth, teens and young adults will ultimately be attracted
to the parts that are unhealthy and potentially dangerous.

The lure of excitement is more powerful than common sense.
Sexting is a dangerous activity that children are participating in,
they lack the maturity to understand that as a boy sending a
(DP) “dick pic” or a girl sending a (Taco) or vagina pict has
consequences that may involve law enforcement and being
accused in child porn.

Their reputations can be destroyed and that DP or Taco will
never go away because information is backed up, archived and
stored on servers someplace. Traditional laws did not have to
address the Sexting and child porn of the last 10 to 15 years,
because of the Internet Congress has passed legislation
to cover these issues and jails contain men and women
caught in child porn and prostitution rings.
Parents need to understand they have a moral and ethical
responsibility to talk to their children to set expectations, to
reinforce values and morals about their conduct and actions
online. The online world has dangers and tragedies seen when
kids are kidnapped, sexually assaulted or sold as sex slaves
when enticed to meet strangers away from home.

Sexting; is the sending and receiving of sexually explicit
photos and/or text using cell phones with digital cameras.
USA Today has reported in past issues that the percentage
of men admitted to sending a DP is increasing:  those surveyed
because they were asked for one, others they wanted to turn
the other person on. Other reasons flirting and to get the other
person to send one back. Teen girls have reported it is important
to “checking out the junk” to see how real it is because the
imagination can be deceptive and wrong and all boys lie
about the size they have. “It is the imagination part of sexting
that mainly attracts women to it,” USA Today 2012 and the
thrill for guys.

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Studies conducted by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University,
published in the journal Sexual Health reported No Privacy exists
in cyberspace and that those that Sext have no idea who is looking
at them in the world and have their personal information.
During my presentations over the years with community groups,
youth, teens and young adult groups and even at the international
Preventing Crime In The Black Community I speak realistically to
youth, teens, and young adults about the potential dangers and
future effects of Sexting. It is not romantic, it is not sexy, it is
not what they think when the image is spread to a whole school
or the football team, or basketball team or even in their church.

Too many young people still are under the idea that their pictures
will be deleted when they break up with that boy or girl they are
dating, but the hospitals and even cemeteries show that is not
the case when youth, teens and young adults try to or successfully
commit suicide because their sexting pictures or video are
spread to others and they are harassed and embarrassed at
school, in church and in their communities.

Parents need to have these conversations and Google their
children to see what is out there in photos, videos and sharing
sites, be friends with them online and if necessary contact your
cell phone provider and see who they are texting and sending
and receiving photos and videos with. Be proactive not reactive…..

It is important to be proactive before an incident happens and
law enforcement comes knocking on your door and takes
everyone’s devices for an investigation that will be embarrassing
for you at work, in church and in your community. Youth, teens
and young adults convicted of child porn must register as a
sex offender and this will destroy their freedoms social and
professional. Changes that will affect the whole family for
years to come.

Resources:
Dick Picts
http://www.dreve.co.za/2017/02/21/sexting-selfies-and-dick-pics
The Art of Seductive Texting
http://get-a-wingman.com/sexting-examples-the-ultimate-guide-to-master-the-art-of-seductive-texting/
Parents Learn the New Emoji Terms
https://www.bustle.com/articles/118609-10-new-emoji-that-will-up-your-sexting-game

 

March 6, 2017

HBCU Students Don’t Wait to Market Yourself

 

 

 

HBCU Students Don’t Wait to Market Yourself
by Pro. William Jackson
Educational Technology and Social Media
Edward Waters College @wmjackson

HBCU students in the 21st century cannot wait to market themselves
in a world of global commerce, digital Branding, intellectual sharing
and the vast Social Media sites that are building to get the word out
there about the talents, abilities and skills that HBCU students possess.

HBCU students still struggle and have faced more challenges in the past
8 years as HBCU institutions struggle to remain relevant, real and respiratory.
Even with the promises coming by the Trump administration there will
be strings attached, policies to follow, procedures to implement and even
expectations that need to be achieved.  This is not a handout, I hope it is
a help up for these historic institutions and if any money is provided
it is not mismanaged, lost in ill-advised policies nor “misplaced.”

Internal struggles have been a challenge at HBCUs either through faculty
stability, administration interaction with faculty and students or the
changes in generations of priorities. The retention and graduation of
students especially males is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

The debate about the relevancy of HBCUs continues, data shows that a
high percentage of Black educators that are successful and work in the
most challenging schools graduate from HBCUs and continue on to
earn their advanced degrees. HBCU students are involved in STEM
careers even before STEM and STEAM where aligned with
educational initiatives.

As a graduate of an HBCU South Carolina State University ’85 and an
instructor at Edward Waters College,  the oldest HBCU in Florida, the
struggle is real and in many cases is overcome with each victory of students
graduating and becoming gainfully employed.

Teaching Educational Technology and Social Media the challenge is
teaching students how to compete for jobs before graduation, how to
Brand, then Market to a world of global competition and even tougher
globalization. This blog is about why HBCU students should market
themselves before graduation, usually starting in their junior year to
network with and collaborate with the “right folks.” Instilling in students
that if you want to be an educator, hangout with educators, if you want
to be a lawyer network with attorneys, if you want to even be a gamer
then learn from, compete with and against, and importantly network
with other gamers.

The most dangerous thing that keeps HBCU students from gaining their
dreams and aspirations is being afraid to network, speak with, talk to and
exposed to the diversity that world has to offer. Talking to my students I
share that you will not lose whatever “Blackness” you have if you have a
diversity of friends, associates, networking groups that can empower,
motivate, engage and collaborate with.

These suggestions are designed to help
HBCU students get out of their mental
boxes and to be less introverted and
race conscious
of fear and self-imposed apprehension.

Suggestions to motivate and encourage
for students and educators:

1. Learn how to market yourself before you
search for jobs, before you graduate, either
at the start or before your junior year of
higher education, vocational school or even
the transition from military service to civilian life.
2. Marketing shows your worth, talents, abilities,
work ethic, leadership abilities, being able to
function in diverse environments, acceptance
and tolerance of diversity.
Learn what marketing is….
3. The ability to adapt to the diversity of cultures, technology, responsibility
and accountability for success and failures needs to be learned. That does
not mean babying students it means teaching students how to adapt their
biases, stereotypes that they may have and how to professionally deal with
potential situations and circumstances.
4. HBCU students must always see themselves as investments.
The more you grow and improve the better investment you are to yourself
and future employers.
5. Don’t wait until your senior  year to rush to create a dope or lit resume,
start the first year and build by creating a living document of accomplishments,
volunteerism, learning, leadership, community activism and collaboration.

As a professor in higher education and as a elementary teacher it hurts my
spirit when students state “why do I have to do that”, I don’t wanna be
bothered with those people.” My response is, “do the right people know you
in the career you want or just those that do not want to see you grow beyond
them?”

6. Show yourself as well rounded; the combination of academics, job-training,
extra-curricular activities, volunteerism, all need to show your contribution to
things bigger than you are. Are you a part of something bigger than you?
7. Look at the world globally not just locally. Jacksonville, Florida is the largest
city in the USA by land mass. Students are encouraged in my class to have a
global perspective of the world. The smallest global event in their major can
have major implications on employment and involved in global markets.
8. Believe that your major course of study will have national and
potentially international influence as  you grow and take on more responsibility.
The road to leadership is driven not by money, but by willing to work hard to
make a difference in the world.
9. Learn to be familiar with foreign languages.  Dedicate yourself that you will
learn a new language especially one where you may have to use when traveling.
HBCU students can be heard talking that someday I want to, I might, maybe if.
They want to travel overseas, they do not take the time to plan, execute the plan
or even save to meet the plan. You have to start with a plan!!!
10. HBCU students network with cultural groups and participate in community
events like festivals and networking socials. Never assume that there is already
someone at an event that knows what you know. You have a wealth of inform-
ation that no one else knows.
11. It is important for HBCU students to learn how to integrate Social Media
tools and platforms beyond joking with their friends, booty calls, partying,
clubbing and acting a fool. This multi-functional, diversely dynamic platforms
can allow for communication with employers around the world. These
platforms can help start a career or end a career before it gets started.
12. Being technology savvy is important and just as importantly is how to
apply that knowledge. Use your knowledge to be involved in community
initiatives that build communities, that bring people together and open doors
for collaboration.
13. Have a reliable list of resources to help you grow.
The library services at Edward Waters College has one of the best resources
in its library staff. Emma Kent is a knowledgeable and dedicated professional
that embraces technology. Accentuating the services the library at Edward
Waters College offers. Too many students at HBCUs do not take the time
to get to know their library professionals that have a wealth of information
waiting to share and becoming friends with them. One of the best moves
for me was to be friends with the librarians, custodial staff, be nice to
the cafeteria man and women and secretaries. They became my “extra”
parents with prayers, advice and even extra food on my meal trays!!
14. HBCU students must adapt their thinking as they matriculate through the
years. Their ideas, opinions, skills, networks must change. This change should
be seen in their attire, their speech and self-confidence. Being a lifelong
learner brings benefits that will be seen in the future not just in the present.
15. Applying to both males and females, your visual personality is just as
important as your e-personality and e-reputation. Make the conscious effort
to protect yourself in the direction of your career goals and dreams.
16. During your growth take advantage of tutoring and learning outside of
academics. Attend tutoring for interview skills, cultural understanding, career
counseling, and even role playing directed at your career interests.
The more prepared you are the better prepared you are.
Obtain a mentor, someone that has life experiences, and sees your potential
that you do not. Someone that sees you as an investment to a better
future and learn from them.

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