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This app is not safe for students to use unsupervised, but a Green Zone app can serve a positive purpose to help a student to navigate social media and someday build an online brand. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Green Zone.

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Gray Zone apps often contain lots of private & disappearing messages, and strangers can use this to chat with students. Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe. This zone can be a great place for family time since many of these apps can be entertaining, and let your students express themselves. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Gray Zone.

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Red Zone apps often have lots of anonymous features, adult content, and easy contact with strangers. Supervision is strongly suggested on each of these apps or move your kids to a safer zone. All apps require parental supervision, these apps more than others. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Red Zone or view our list of 100+ Apps to find a safer app with your student.
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Looking for a positive summer activity?

One of the best sources to learn about social media is from the people who use it the most -- students! 

We are currently looking for middle school and high school student volunteers (age 13-18) for the 2022 SmartSocial Student Advisor program. 

Parent, educator, & student video

What is the SmartSocial Student Advisor program

The goal of the SmartSocial Student Advisors is to connect with students and hear more about day-to-day uses and concerns of social media in their lives to help guide the development of SmartSocial services for other students, parents, and educators.

We're looking for students aged 13-18 (or younger with parental support)

What should parents, educators, & students know?

Student responsibilities:

  • Be active on social media and aware of current topics, trends, and concerns among students in your community
  • Respond to emails each month from the SmartSocial team with feedback about specific topics or SmartSocial resources and share your ideas, questions, and observations about social media from the student perspective as you see something new or interesting
  • Participate in video recordings with Josh about relevant social media topics to be shared on Smartsocial’s YouTube channel, SmartSocial podcasts, written newsletters, & SmartSocial blogs & courses
  • Complete all six lessons of the Student Branding Academy over the course of the year to build a completed online portfolio
  • Serve as a student ambassador of SmartSocial setting an example of Light, Bright & Polite™ in your social media presence being full of positivity and gratitude in all that you post
  • Maintain your personal commitments (school, sports, family obligations, etc.) 
  • (Signed parent agreement is needed for any student under 18 years old)

Student time commitments:

  • Initial 15-minute interview with the SmartSocial team
  • Response to our monthly Student Advisor email questionnaire where we’ll ask for their feedback  about specific social media topics and SmartSocial resources (1 hour/month)
  • Participation in our quarterly Student Advisor live meeting with the SmartSocial team on Google Meet (1 hour/quarter)
  • Video podcast interview recording about your experiences, struggles, questions, or tips for other students and parents with Josh Ochs (1 hour/year)
  • Contact the SmartSocial team throughout the year with questions or concerns as you see them among your friends or on social media
  • Total commitment: Approx. 17-20 hours per year

Why should parents, educators, & students care?

Benefits to student participants:

  • An opportunity to share ideas with the SmartSocial community of parents and educators working to help keep students safe online
  • Get free access to the latest SmartSocial VIP courses and Student Branding Academy if your school does not already have a community package
  • Your involvement will be a great addition to your resume, volunteer hours, and experiences to showcase your community involvement & leadership
  • Create real-life examples to build your online portfolio to Shine Online while sharing tips with the SmartSocial YouTube channel & podcasts
  • Receive personalized tips and recommendations to create your online presence to Shine Online

Interested in applying?

Fill out this short Google Form and follow the instructions. If you match the criteria, we’ll be in touch to schedule a short 15-minute “interview.”

Educators and parents: Do you know a student who loves social media and would be willing to volunteer to help protect students on a national level? Share this page with them! (Click any of the social media Share buttons on this page to share to your students' social media directly!)

We hope this is a great opportunity for students to build their resumes with volunteer experience and learn more about staying safe and how to Shine Online!

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