The main message that I give to parents regarding mentoring children in their use of internetworking/social networking tools is to, "Roll up your sleeves and use the stuff." It is really, really difficult to have effective conversations with people regarding subjects that we know nothing about.
This is the great thing about a a free class being offered over at Stanford beginning on February 19th. Parents and community members get the opportunity to learn more about Facebook by actual using the tool. Click here for more information on this excellent opportunity.
From the class website:
"Class 1 - Feb. 19: The ABC’s of Facebook: New user to fanatic
Class 2 - March 5: Ten steps to protect loved ones on Facebook
Class 3 - March 19: Friending, posting & updating: Life skills for the future
Class 4 - April 2: Five ways to stay ahead of kids on Facebook
An optional lab comes before each class, where parents can work hands-on with Stanford students who will coach them in using Facebook.
We will share the times for class after we poll parents to figure out what works best for most people."