T is for...Tags, Texting, Toolbar, Tootoot, Trolls, Twitter and Tweets

Tags: A tag is method of categorising information or files. Music lovers can tag their music files with genres. A photographer might tag their snaps with categories such as ‘family’, ‘architecture’ or ‘dogs in costumes’. This enables the user to quickly search files and find the ones they’re after.

Texting: Also known as SMS (short message service), text messages are written communications via a mobile phone. They are often brief and to the point because there were limited characters available. This led to ‘text speak’, a new language which is creeping into other forms of communication.

TikTok: Launched in 2016, TikTok is a social media app designed to allow users to create short videos and live broadcast clips, predominantly with a music theme. According to Wikipedia "The app allows users to set their accounts as private, allowing only people they approve to view their content. Users can also allow either everyone or only their friends to send comments or messages to them, and react or duet with them". However, the app has come under criticism for inappropriate content and bullying.

Toolbar: This is extra functionality added to a web browser (usually for searching), which occupies the upper area of the screen. They are often included with software you want to download – so you can find yourself with a web browser address bar that takes up half the screen if you’re not careful.

Tootoot: Tootoot is the first safeguarding application for Primary and Secondary Schools, which allows your pupils to report incidents of Bullying, Sexism, Racism, Extremism, Mental Health and Homophobic issues and other worries - in a safe and confident way - directly to your school. You can find out more on our Partners page.

Trolls: Remember those ugly little dolls with crazy hair? Well, we're not referring to those. An internet troll is a person who posts inflammatory, irrelevant or abusive messages in an online community for the sole purpose of provoking a row.

Tweet: A short message (must be 140 characters or fewer) sent by a user on Twitter. Perfect for the modern short attention span.

Twitter: A social networking site that allows brief messages (but please, not on what you’ve had for lunch), images and links to web content to be announced by a user to anyone who is interested. It’s also known as a ‘microblogging’ site. Users 'follow' people they are interested in, and topics may be tagged and grouped using a defined format called a hashtag (eg #esafety).

Find out more e-safety terms, definitions and facts from the E-safety Support Knowledge Base.

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on February 20, 2020 11:34


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