Discover Program

This year I was given the opportunity to be a part of K-State Salina’s Discover Program. This program allowed girls in local Girl Scout troops receive their entertainment technology badge. Throughout the night the girls attended three different sessions; computer animation, sound effects, and sound editing. The girls were given the opportunity to edit an animation with after effects, mess with everyday objects to make sound effects, and hear different ways sound can be manipulated. For animation, I did a short presentation on the steps that lead up to animating something and then showed them how to manipulate a fish jumping into a fish bowl. For sound effects, the girls were explained how sound effects can be made by almost and anything and then they were allowed to mess with different stations we had set up to see how everyday objects can make different sounds. For sound editing, I talked to the girls about how sounds or voices in movies may be different in real life compared to a movie. I had them pick a word and say it backwards and then applied a reverse function to it so they can see how close they got to the actual word. Also, I had them say a word and change the pitch and speed of the word they said. Overall, the girls seemed very excited to have learned everything that they did and the program went very smoothly. The experience I gained was priceless. Seeing how the girls reacted to the sound editing and the animation along with how creative they were was very inspiring.

Peterson Brothers

As a part of my class we looked at the Peterson brothers and how popular their videos have become. We discussed different interviews with them online and we talked about those. Also, we went into discussion on similar videos. I think it was great to go into depth on the subject and find out why the Peterson brothers chose to do videos about agriculture. They chose agriculture because they knew it was a topic that needed to be talked about and addressed. It was also great to see that there are others doing the same thing as they were about the same topics. We watched one video of a little kid doing a Kary Perry song about agriculture and then another one on the meatrix. The meatrix video I felt was horrible however it did have a good message behind it.

Mystery Skype

The other day in social media class we did a mystery Skype with a group of 7th graders. We had to guess where each other were from down to the city. The rules were that we can only ask one question during our turn and it had to be a yes/no answer. The Skype went very well. The only thing that was negative was that there was a lot of yelling and the other group did seem a bit distracted. Questions had to be repeated multiple times. However, over all I think it was a great experience. It helped with our critical thinking skills. We also had to use our skills to rule out different areas of the United States.

Research Paper Draft

My research paper has been coming along pretty well. I have went through all of my sources and have summarized them all. From here I will take these summaries and make my paper from it. Also, I have made an introduction for my paper. So here is what I have so far:

Intro:

In the world today, social networking sites are a huge deal. These sites have been around since 1997. The number one social networking site, as of 2009, has over 200 million users throughout the whole world (Dorsch, 2009). It has been said that children use social networking sites to figure out who they are or who they want to become (Rapacki, 2007). They spend a lot of their time browsing social networking sites, updating their statuses, and talking to their friends (Bridge, 2011). The browsing time on these sites has more than tripled in growth than the growth of the Internet itself (Dorsch, 2009). These sites can make children feel threatened or not comfortable (Consumer, 2009). Children may also be bullied to the point of depression (Bridge, 2011).

This report is written for Brian Cunningham, chair of mission on the BoysTown board of directors. BoysTown main goal is to help children and families through life threatening situation. Their organization has many services, one of which is the Kids Helpline. This service allows 24 hour access to counseling help to help kids going through hard times or life problems; such as sexual harassment, cyber bullying, and suicidal thoughts.

My information came from using the online databases that Kansas State University has to offer their students. The two databases I used were Lexis Nexis and ProQuest. To conduct my searches I used key phrases like “social networking and children”, “social networking problems”, and “children and cyber bullying”. I chose my information due to what the Kids Helpline would need to know to help children with the social networking problem.

This report describes the up rise in social networking. It includes statistics and facts on how much children are being affected to this new social networking trend. There are some things that need to be known to keep children and their families safe.

Source 1:

Dorsch, M. & Greenberg, P. (2009, July/August). WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT social networking. State Legislatures 35(7), 62-64 Retrieved 29 August 2012, from ProQuest.

Social networking sites have been around since 1997. The browsing time on these sites has more than tripled in growth than the growth of the Internet itself. The number one social networking site, as of 2009, has over 200 million users throughout the whole world. This site would be Facebook. It is always important to know your purpose of using a social networking site before using and then sticking to your purpose once using the site. Also, it’s important to distinguish between personal and professional when using these sites. Security can be an issue in these sites due to the fact they are on the internet and therefore will give hackers a chance to gain possession of a person’s site. The last important tip this article gave was to know the sites policies and agreements.

Source 2:

Microsoft: Online bullying a major concern among youth. (2012). Professional Services Close – Up. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from ProQuest.

The Microsoft Corporation conducted a survey of how many children, throughout the world, are afraid of being bullied while online. The survey had shown that approximately 54% of children are afraid of bullying. The survey was given to over 7,600 children, all of which are between the ages of 8 and 17. Children who feel that they had already experienced online bullying showed to be approximately 40% of the surveyed group. Children who felt that they bullied someone online showed to be approximately 24% of the surveyed group. The survey also shown that children feel like they want to inform their parents what is going on and talk to them about it, however only 29% of the surveyed group said they have already had their parents talk to them about the issue.

Source 3:

Rapacki, S. (2007). Social networking sites: Why teens need places like MySpace. Young Adult Library Services 5(2), 28-30. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from ProQuest.

It has been said that children use social networking sites to figure out who they are or who they want to become. The people around them and media also help influence children. However, the main goal is to get through adolescence which can be a very hard time to deal with. One main site that helps children explore to figure out who they are is MySpace. The user profile on MySpace allows the user to add music and background to their page along with the usual personal information. Tools such as blogs and bulletins can allow the user to write about their life as if it was their own personal journal and get feedback on their posts.

Source 4:

Sellers, S. C. (2011). The influence of social networking websites on youth’s behavior. Lamar University – Beaumont). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, Retrieved 29 August 2012 from ProQuest.

Behavior changes can vary from depression to rule breaking. The study that was done by Lamar University was of over 200 students from middle school to high school and focuses on if rule breaking/delinquent acts are due to having a social networking site. It showed substance abuse is related to male students, honor class students, and students with trouble making friends; however social networking sites was not related. Crime is related directly to age but not social networking sites. Bullying others was related to the number of social networking sites a student had.

Source 5:

Wolak, J., Finkelhor, D., Mitchell, K. J., & Ybarra, M. L. (2010). Online “predators” and their victims: Myths, realities, and implications for prevention and treatment. Psychology of Violence, 1, 13-35. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from ProQuest.

Online predators are known to trick children and use violence but the truth is they earn a relationship with the child to meet up with them leading to statutory rape. In most cases the child actually knew all along that they were talking to an adult. Offenders usually have their victims feeling as though they are in love and promising things they don’t mean. This feeling of love can accrue faster than that of a face-to-face relationship do to the secrecy factor and the fact it happens in isolation or away from everything and everyone else. Almost every offender is just looking for a sexual encounter. In 2000, there were more than 6,500 arrests throughout the nation on charges of statutory rape. The more a child understands the internet and starts to explore all it has to offer, the greater chance of the child to be affected by an offender.

Source 6:

(2009, October). CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Protecting children in a social networking environment. McClatchy – Tribune Business News. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from ProQuest.

It is the parents’ duty to inform children that not everything needs to be shared on social networking sites, especially personal items and information. Children also need to realize that everything they post is visible to everyone and anyone. This will cause the person viewing the child’s social networking site to get a first impression of the child. Not understanding about privacy also can lead a child to feel threatened or not comfortable. There are policies that help with some privacy, like age requirements, that can hope if a child is a certain age they might better understand privacy.

Source 7:

(2011, May 26). Facebook not targeting kids.  Investor’s Business Daily, pp.02. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from ProQuest.

All social networking sites have policies that must be followed by it’s users. These policies are things such as nudity, language, age requirement, etc; all of which are useful in keeping everyone safe. Facebook has their policy stating those who are 12 and under are prohibited from creating a profile; however statistics show 7.5 million profiles are used by those who are 12 and under. To create a profile the users’ date of birth is asked for. These sites trust that the user will put in a correct date of birth but it is easy to add up the years to figure out what year you would need to be born to be considered old enough for a profile.

Source 8:

(2011, September). Social Networking – A Bridge Or A Gap?. Retrieved 29 August 2012, from Newstex Web Blogs on Lexis Nexis Academic.

Now days children are more likely to have phones, computers, iPods, etc., all of which have internet access, at a younger age than before. These electronic gadgets allow children easy access to social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. They spend a lot of their time browsing these sites, updating their statuses, and talking to their friends. Anything can be posted to their social networking site and they can add anyone/be added by anyone. These two things can lead to children getting bullied or even become depressed.

Outline of Paper

As I stated in a previous blog post, we have to write a research paper for our social media class. My research paper is over social networking and it’s effects on children. The assignment for this week was to come up with a outline of the paper. Our teacher did not inform us of the type of outline he wanted, so I am creating an outline of the layout of the paper. My paper will include the following:

  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Table of Contents
  • Table of Figures
  • Introduction
  • Claim A: Advancements in Technology
  • Claim B: Social Networking Websites
  • Claim C: What Children Use Social Networking Websites For
  • Claim D: Negative Effects of Social Networking Websites
  • Claim E: Protecting Children
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography

Guest Speaker

Last class period we had a guest speaker come in to talk to us about how became successful through blogging. Before class our teacher asked us to read his blog and have questions prepared to ask. The only thing is we were reading the speakers blog from 3+ years ago and since then the speaker had different opinions/information to share with us. All of our questions we could no longer ask and had to ask him questions like “what exactly do you do now” to figure out what all to ask about. Even though this made us look very unprofessional for not doing the proper research, we learned quite a bit and were able to pull off a good q&a with the speaker. However, I have learned in the future never to rely on someone to get you the right information even if it is your teacher. Doing your own research is always better. 

Words of Wisdom About College

As I am sitting here with fellow classmates, I started thinking about college life and I really wish I knew what I did now when I first started college. I mean not everything is a cake walk. I went through a lot of struggles and regrets. So here is the truth. There are awesome classes and stressful classes. But the worst part of it all is when you hit senior year and you realize that you did not learn as much as you wished. You learn that some classes or some teachers taught you nothing. You learn that you wasted your time away not actually trying to improve yourself by teaching yourself extra or more advanced stuff. You may even realize that all your anger is because of one teacher or multiple teachers that you never learned anything from. Maybe its all the classes you slept through and still could pass with an A. How is that possible? Well anything is possible is what I learned in college. I am facing graduation and all the thoughts are crashing in my head. Am I good enough for a job in this career? Should I go back to school for something else? Can I succeed in life? Well all of these questions should be answered with a yes. The best thing to do is go at things with a positive attitude. I’ve learned that no matter what challenges you went through, you will succeed. Not only did I drop out of college once, went through hugely stressful situations through college, and even got bullied/attacked by an academic educator; the point is anyone can make it through successful if you put your mind to it. So future graduates I hope you know to always think positively and to just keep trying. Nothings easy but you can always be successful if you put your mind to it.