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ParentChat—Social Media and Internet Safety

Parent Chat LogoPlease join us for a free event about how to encourage the proper use of the internet and social media with their children. Pastor Adam Duckworth of Downtown Harbor Church and Blake Matthews, Director of Technology at Westminster Academy, will be sharing tips and resources in the DeVos Chapel at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Westminster Academy Parent Teacher Fellowship.

For more information and a list of resources please click here. Share this event on Facebook here.

As a Christ-centered school, we continue to encourage the responsible and proper use of technology and social media both on and off campus for our students, Kingdom workers, and school community. We desire to see our students glorify God in every area of their lives, including their online communication and activities.

Tech Tip: Online Accountability

social-media-tipsA special internet accountability service may be a great resource for families. Internet accountability services track websites visited on your child’s computers, smartphones, and tablets, and sends them to you in an easy-to-read report. This may make it easier to talk about the temptations one may face online.

These can help families in a number of ways; it helps to break a habit of looking at inappropriate content online or helps to ensure such habits never starts.

Here a few popular services:

 

Social Media Tip: @mentions & #hashtags

September 19, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags:

social-media-tipsBoth Twitter and Instagram allow users to use @mentions and #hashtags to link to profiles and posts on similar topics. WA uses @wacad for both Twitter and Instagram. If you include @wacad in something you post, it will create a link back to our profile pages. You can also share posts and images relating to WA by hashtagging them with #walions.

Use hashtags to categorize posts by keyword:

  • Use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in your post to categorize them and help others find relevant posts.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other posts with that keyword.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the post—at the beginning, middle or end.
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular can become trending topics on Twitter.

Using hashtags correctly:

  • If you post with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your post
  • Don’t #spam #with #hashtags. Don’t over-tag a single post. (Best practices recommend using no more than 2 hashtags per post.)
  • Use hashtags only on posts relevant to the topic.

What is a mention?

  • A mention is any update that contains “@username” anywhere in the body of the post.
  • If you include more than one person’s name in your post and you use the @username format, all of those people will see the post in their Mentions tab on Twitter.

Stay Connected With Social Media

May 5, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags:

Dear WA Community,

A great way to stay well-informed about and connected to WA is to follow us on social media. For your convenience, we have included some helpful links below.

Facebook
Our Facebook posts contain a summary of articles, linking back to our website. Please like and share posts as you partner with us to share and celebrate what God does at WA each and every day. Connect with us at:

Twitter
Articles on our website are also posted on Twitter. Please retweet those you would like to share. In addition to articles, we will also send out athletic event scores, shout-outs, photos, quick announcements, and reminders. If you are only going to connect on only one social media platform, you’ll get the most out of following us on Twitter:

Instagram
We use Instagram to post photos, shout-outs, reminders, and share the memorable moments shared throughout the WA community. Follow us on Instagram:

For both Twitter and Instagram, please use @wacad for mentions and #walions to tag posts to share with others what God is doing within the WA community.

We are always looking for ways to enhance our partnership and communications with each member of our school community. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our social media, please email Blake Matthews, Director of Information Technology & Communications.

Social Media Tip Of The Week—Privacy Settings

April 27, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

social-media-tipsBe sure to check that your privacy settings for the Internet and social media are set to the strictest levels. Many people are not aware of who can see their posts or what information is collected online and end up revealing personal information to anyone online. Depending on which browser you are using, you can adjust levels of privacy regarding cookies, third-party sites, ads and more.

Many social media services frequently revise their privacy policies so be sure to keep up with the latest. For example, you can check Facebook’s privacy policy here. You can also check this on Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, and Twitter as well.

Tech Tip: Online Accountability

social-media-tipsA special internet accountability service may be a great resource for families. Internet accountability services track websites visited on your child’s computers, smartphones, and tablets, and sends them to you in an easy-to-read report. This may make it easier to talk about the temptations one may face online.

These can help families in a number of ways; it helps to break a habit of looking at inappropriate content online or helps to ensure such habits never starts.

Here a few popular services:

 

Real Moms Meet Thursday, October 8—Topic: Social Media & Internet Safety

October 1, 2015 Posted in: School News Tags: , , ,

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 9.57.02 AMWhether your kids are beginning school or heading off to college, we hope you will join us. Connect, have fun and relax with other moms. This fellowship ministry for moms meets monthly on the second Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the DeVos Chapel. The next meeting is Thursday, October 8 and Blake Matthews, Director of Information Technology & Communications at Westminster Academy, will speak on “Social Media and Internet Safety.”

  • Where: DeVos Chapel Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
  • When: Thursday, October 8
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (childcare 8:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.)