Technology Tuesday: What Is A Subtweet?

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Definition:  Subtweet—a way to say something, often unkind, over twitter where the subject of the tweet knows it’s directed at them (and potentially others do as well) but said subject’s name is never mentioned

Example:  “I am so over all the drama”…when your teenage daughter has been in a fight with one of her friends for the past few days.

Translation:  I am tired of you being so dramatic and I want you and everyone who knows us well enough to follow me on twitter (all 512 people) to know it!

Parents, be aware of subtweets.  In fact, be aware of what your child is tweeting in general.  In the last year, we have seen twitter users in the teenage demographic grow in leaps and bounds.  And, with many other forms of technology, it can be used to bully.  If your child has just opened a twitter account, follow them.  If they’re young and proving themselves to be trustworthy with technology, remember that they are only proving themselves to be trustworthy with technology.  Check their tweets daily and have them remove any that might be either inappropriate or hurtful.  If they continue to tweet hurtful things, take away their twitter account for a period of time.  They need to know that the same rules apply in the virtual world as in the real.  As they get older and have a more trustworthy track record, check their tweets less.  We always believe technology should work for you as you teach your children responsibility, rather than against you.  Use it to your benefit and as a way to keep up with and connect with your kids.