Inside: Social media app posters. Perfect for your classroom.
My newest product is a collection of social media apps that are very popular with today’s older kids.
Some of the apps are fine … some not so fine.
Either way, the social apps kids are using need to be looked at by parents and teachers, and their merits and/or problems discussed with the kids in their care.
One way to make this a little easier, especially in the classroom, is to use posters. All the images are 8.5 inches wide. These are big enough to make eye-catching posters to use as teaching visuals.
I’ve also included black and white copies of all the icons so that you have the option of printing them out and then having the students in your class color them in.
I think one great way to discuss safety concerns around these apps would be to divide your class into pairs and have them color the poster, research the pros and cons of the app, and then present to the class!
I’ve included 60 individual png images as well as a 63-page pdf. If you don’t want to use the large icons in the pdf, then you could resize the png images to make them smaller.
Here’s a sampling of some of the icons I’ve included in the set.
In case you’re not familiar with all these social apps (I wasn’t!) I’ve listed all of them below with brief descriptions. All of these descriptions came from Protect Young Eyes, which is an amazing site that’s worth visiting.
Amino: “Network of communities [that] lets you explore, discover, and obsess over the things you’re into.”
Ask.fm: “People ask other users questions with the option of anonymity (which is its real draw).”
Discord: “Designed specifically for gamers. It was created to replace other, voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) services by offering features that gamers love, particularly those obsessed with massively multiplayer online games (MMO’s or MMOG’s).”
Facebook: “With over 1 billion users, 350 million photos uploaded daily (over 250 billion to date!) it is the king of social media.”
GIPHY: “An entire library of GIFs (short, looping videos) and stickers that are easily accessed via phone. It lets users search any number of topics, categories, and phrases and will display a wide selection of GIFs, animated stickers, and Emojis for the perfect reaction or conversation starter.”
GroupMe: “A group texting app that allows access to GIFS, emojis, images, videos, and links to websites, without ever leaving the app.”
Hot or Not: “The app name is self-explanatory. It’s designed to rate your popularity based on how others rate your profile (which includes a picture).”
Houseparty: “A really fun way to have a group video chat – almost like FaceTiming with up to eight people at once.”
iFunny: “Collection of funny GIFs, videos, and memes. Users are able to find friends in the comment sections and build their own meme collections.”
Instagram: “A simple way to capture and share photos and videos with friends, utilizing a variety of custom photo filters to enhance and beautify life’s moments.”
Jott: “Allows teens to communicate with each other without a cell signal or Wi-Fi, using a Bluetooth low-energy or a router that’s within 100 feet to create something called a “mesh network” on smart devices. No phone number is required to find friends – kids just join a “school network” and begin chatting with friends.”
Kik: “A smartphone/tablet app for instant messaging. There are no message limits, character limits or fees if you only use the basic features. Most kids use Kik as an alternative to SMS text messaging.”
Likee: “Popular video creation and sharing platform. Everyone can create trending videos with a simple tap and become the video star of their social circles.”
Live.me: “Called one of the top broadcasting apps where users are able to meet stars, become stars, grow a fan base, meet friends, date, play games, and send virtual gifts in order to catch broadcaster’s attention.”
Marco Polo: “Allows you to send quick video messages reminiscent of the NEXTEL phones of the early 2000’s, but in video format. These short videos are called Polos.”
MeetMe: “Chatting with strangers, trading pictures, taking an anonymous poll, adding friends. But again, it’s social media with a flirting/dating/hook-up bent with features like “Rate Me” and “Romance” which is a wall of pictures of mostly females.”
Messenger: “Basically, an instant messaging app brought to you by Facebook, with a few extras.”
Monkey: “Allows kids to have fun chats with new people from all over the world. Users are randomly matched with other users for a brief, introductory video call.”
Periscope: “Live-streaming app which allows users to show their life in real time with followers or complete strangers within Twitter.”
Pinterest: “One of the most popular social media sites on the planet right now, where people pin creative ideas on their boards which are shared.”
Polly: A simplistic polling app. “The creator of the polls has the option to attach the poll to their story in Snapchat for friends to vote on, or send via email, Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms”
Snapchat: “Users “snap” an image or video, add a caption, and send it to friends, who can view the photo for a specified period of time before it disappears.”
TikTok: “A global video community. It’s easy to watch awesome short videos and/or make your own videos using a variety of filters and styles.
Tumblr: A micro-blogging platform which “lets you effortlessly share anything, including text, photos, videos, links, music, with complete customization capability.”
Twitter: “A way to share your life’s moments 280 characters at a time.”
WhatsApp: “Messaging app to call, text, group chat, and send photos, videos, and voice messages with friends and family.”
Whisper: “A way to anonymously share feelings with pictures and words, and if so desired, connect with individuals through a messaging option.”
YouNow: “A way to broadcast live and get an audience to watch you.”
YouTube: “YouTube is the king of video sharing websites and part of the Google family.”
Yubo: “Allows teens to connect and flirt with each other in a “Tinder” atmosphere (swipe right or left).”
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!