What is “YOLO”?

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Teenagers are using it and I admit it, I didn’t know what it was either. I had to ask my son last year what it meant when I saw the word on the social media sites. Now, you probably see it everywhere.

YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once. It’s similar to the term “carpe diem” and to enjoy life!

If you feel like you’re out of the loop with the text-speak and IM (instant message) chatter, take a look here at some other acronyms being used today.

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For a more complete list of acronyms, check out:  http://theonlinemom.com/secondary.asp?id=97

What is a hashtag?

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Ever wonder what a “hashtag” is? You’ve probably seen the symbol or heard the term on social media sites, television, radio, in advertisements, etc. It’s what was formally (and still is) called the “pound” sign and/or “number” symbol “#” followed by a word or group of words. According to hastags.org, the history of hashtags began around 2007 on Twitter “…as an easy way for Twitter users to categorize Tweets that share a common topic or belong to a particular group.” A user is able to search a hashtag to find similar topics of conversation, event, contest or photos all grouped under the same hashtag.

For more information including the history of a hashtag visit here: http://lorirtaylor.com/the-only-hashtag-guide-youll-ever-need/

 

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Social Media and Our Kids

social-media-iconsI know. It’s overwhelming. It’s always changing, but guess what? It’s here to stay and it has become a big part of our children’s lives. If it hasn’t yet in yours, it will, eventually. You can try to keep them away, but the more you do, the more they are going to want to try it. Just like every other forbidden fruit. Someone, somewhere will give them access and the next thing you know, your child(ren) will be exposed to the world of social media.

Not all social media is bad. It depends on how it is used and the content your child(ren) post and/or read. It’s something you, as a parent, need to monitor.

It’s a different world we live in these days and instead of ignoring it, hoping it goes away, or not paying attention to it, I highly suggest you get familiarized with it.

That’s what I hope to be able to bring to you – information, tips, tricks and cheats on how to navigate through this ever-changing world of social media and the internet.