5 Tips for Teens on Social Media

It’s official: I AM OLD! Millennial’s are at the point where they have radio stations classifying Britney Spears as “oldies” and half of the new apps, platforms, and technologies are meant for our teenage siblings. They use social media platforms that I will never understand or even think about using.

Teenagers were born in the time where the Internet was in a majority of homes and cell phones came with LED screens and smart technologies. They are natives to the digital world. But navigating the world wide web is hard to accomplish when you are figuring out who you are as a teenager. Here are some things to do, and things to not do in order to minimize the skeletons in your digital webs:

  • Do not share your phone number publicly. Do not comment on an Instagram photo asking someone to text your number. That number can be seen publicly by anyone, regardless of whether or not profile’s are private. This is any easy way for anyone who wishes you harm to get in contact with you.

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  • Funerals are a time for mourning and respect. Regardless of whether or not you know the person whose life is being commemorated, at funeral is not the appropriate time to take selfies. If you wish to publicly commemorate a person whom you have lost try sharing an old picture of you and the person.

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  • This is something that is not exclusive to teenagers: watch out for grammar mistakes. You may only have 140 characters to send in a Tweet, but you still can speak in proper English. A school in Brazil has taken to teaching their students the English language by having them correct celebrity tweets.

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  • Don’t be vain. I’m sure all of your followers appreciate your “strong selfie game” but it makes you look bad if you share dozens of them a day. Everyone understands you love your new haircut or outfit, but you don’t need to tell us 12 times about it.

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  • Be careful when you tag or check-in at a location on social media. People can see what location you are in and can come and find you. Instagram and Facebook both have mapping features that let friends or followers see where you are. They can track you and follow you if they want. If you want to tag a location, hold off until you have already left the place you were at.

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Social media can be a fun form of self-expression and identity. Just make sure you do not do things that can hurt you in the present or future. Keep your digital ghost safe and clean.

Some YouTube Channels

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am obsessed with YouTube. I spend a large portion of my day on the internets second most popular search engine. I watch comedic videos, news, vloggers, gaming channels, informative videos, etc etc etc. I thought it would be beneficial to collect up some of my current favorite YouTube channels for everyones viewing enjoyment. For today I bring you my first three channels. They appear in no particular order, just as I write them down.

#HotMessMoves  – They are a fairly new channel in the grand scheme of things but have learned from many of their predecessors, the Grace Helbig’s and Hannah Hart’s of the world, and are quickly gaining quite a lot of popularity. Their short yet extremely funny videos are for the dosage of a much needed laugh twice weekly.

Mametown – Speaking of Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, it wouldn’t be a YouTube post if I didn’t mention the third member of the YouTube Holy Trinity, Mamrie Hart. While she has no relation to the aforementioned Hart she has considerable fame stemming from her successful channel “You Deserve A Drink.” She has now created Mametown, a second channel to focus on more creative and alternative effort. After the success of the Camp Takota, the movie she both wrote and co-starred in, there is nothing but more comedy headed our way on this channel.

The Art Assignment – The Art Assignment is a funducational channel about all different types of art. Each episode features an interview with an out-of-the-box artist and features a challenge for viewers to go out into the world and create that art. It is produced by PBS Digital Studios and hosted by curator Sarah Green (wife of famed writer/nerd/vlog brother John Green).

The Grammy Awards Past

With the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony coming up, on January 26th to be exact, I thought today would be the perfect time to take a look at some of the best moments from the previous years awards show. With everything from best dressed to craziest moments the Grammy Awards never disappoint.

Best Performance #3.  Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and P!nk – “Lady Marmalade” (2001). A hit song for a hit movie performed by hit women. This was the single most female empowering performance of the modern generation. It was absurd, controversial, and absolutely amazing in every way. It boosted several careers and will be remembered for the longest time.

Best Acceptance Speech. Amy Winehouse (2008). It was so refreshing to see someone just so shocked by their win. Artists frequently claim that they are speechless, but they never have the amount of sheer dumbfounded shock that Winehouse had. Very inspiring!

Best Tribute. Jennifer Hudson (2012). Having just found out that Whitney Houston passed away a mere few days before she was set to make her Grammys return, Jennifer Hudson put together one of the most touching tributes of the modern era. The poignancy still rings through to this day. The Oscar winners legendary voice was the most perfect fit for saying goodbye to one of the most iconic voices of our time. Houston will be missed for a long time. It is to be noted that Michael Jackson’s tribute is similarly amazing.

Best Dressed Woman. Jennifer Lopez (2000). This has easily become one of the most iconic Grammy gowns of all time. The plunging green Versace gown is known by anyone and everyone who appreciates fashion and entertainment. Every fashion moment since then, including Lady Gaga’s meat dress from the VMA’s, has been trying to match this look.

Best Performance #2. Tina Turner and Beyoncé – “Proud Mary” (2008). The most powerful African American women of the past and present united for this killer performance. Turner proves she’s still got it, while Beyonce reminds us that she is still the queen. There has never been a performance that showed the unbridled power that they both have. Their dance moves are killer!

Best Entrance. Lady Gaga in an egg on the Red Carpet (2011). Everyone knew Lady Gaga was going to take the stage with her debut performance of her hit song “Born this Way,” but know one knew she was going to actually be born. The entire red carpets focus was on her egg and whether or not she was actually in it or not! A true moment!

Best Performance #1. P!nk – “Glitter in the Air” (2010).  P!nk is a world class performer that much is obvious. Her unparalleled vocals along with her circus quality of performance prove that she is a sheer icon. She was always known for controversy, but now she is known for her art. This performance shows she has grown up both musically and physically. Her performance of “Try” at the AMA’s is equally amazing!

As for this coming Grammys? I am particularly excited to see Beyoncé and Jay Z perform together. I am hopeful that Sara Bareilles wins every award she is nominated for. I am anxious to see what Lady Gaga wears on the red carpet, given all her recent work with Versace (maker of the aforementioned green dress). I hope everyone tunes in with me on Sunday to enjoy the experience. I will be live tweeting the ceremony from @KyleJBerube and will post a fashion review, in the days following the event, on this blog.