Due to its popularity, YouTube is a social network that parents and educators need to be educated on in order to keep teens safe online. Parents may be wondering how they can learn student YouTube tips and best practices so that they can ensure their teens are making the best decisions when using the video sharing network.
So, we asked 5 experts to share their best tips for students who want to use YouTube responsibly.
- Establish ground rules David Crusoe, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, @DaveCrusoe
- Be respectful of your audience interactions Aaron Ho, Mobile Reviews Eh, @MobileReviewsEh
- Make learning fun and easy Crystal Olivarria, Career Conversationalist, @Crystal70k
- Keep track of your student’s followers Hasan Ali, Air Tutors, @AirTutors
- Utilize free educational videos Gene Caballero, GreenPal, @YourGreenPal
Responsible use of YouTube and other media starts by establishing ground rules. Young people can be asked: which content is appropriate, which content is inappropriate, and what are the penalties for accessing inappropriate content? Adults, including teachers and parents, can facilitate the conversation and post rules and penalties in a visible location. Learners are much more likely to follow rules of their own creation than they are externally-imposed rules they don’t understand.
When it comes to etiquette and YouTube, I have discovered over the years that producing intelligent content results in intelligent comments and feedback. If you are respectful of your audience interactions, they will respect you back.
There will always be those individuals who “troll” your videos and the best way to deal with “trolls” is to ignore them (don’t feed the “trolls”). YouTube provides simple ways to block out individuals who are not respectful.
YouTube is a great tool because it can make learning fun and easy. A lot of credible producers combine entertainment with academic concepts. Therefore videos, especially animated cartoons, can teach concepts in a visual way teachers can not. For example, if your child is struggling in English class to understand when to properly use a comma then your child would benefit from watching the 5-minute video “Comma Story –Terisa Folaron” on the Ted-Ed YouTube Channel. If more information is needed or desired, YouTube automatically recommends more videos that relate to the subject.
One thing parents should keep track of is who their student is connected to. A lot of times with social media apps you can get random followers and for students of lower ages, this can get very creepy very quickly. So, we always encourage parents to be on top of their children’s followers and/or ask to keep their account private.
When I needed to learn how to use Photoshop for my startup, I went straight to YouTube. YouTube has hundreds of hours of videos that can be instrumental to learning…and they are all free.
Also, when it came time for me to learn piano, YouTube was there again. I was overwhelmed with the number of videos available that would get me started.
Both great use cases of how anyone, not just students, can use YouTube responsibly.