Identifying the Red and Green Flags of Social Media Use: Promoting Social Media Skills and Safety for Individuals with Disabilities

Identifying the Red and Green Flags of Social Media Use: Promoting Social Media Skills and Safety for Individuals with Disabilities


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Tuesday, May 24, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET - 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: webinar zoom

Webinar Description: 

Join the Sexual Health SIG for a webinar discussing Social Media use and safety. Social media use has many benefits and risks that individuals with disabilities can experience. In this presentation, strategies to assist individuals with disabilities with the identification of dangerous and safe online situations will be presented. The strategies presented will cover the concepts of identifying and addressing predators (including catfishers/posers) and cyberbullying; creating and maintaining a good online reputation; gaining and receiving online consent, and keeping private information private. In the final portion of this webinar, a panel of self-advocates will discuss their use of social media, as well as strategies they use to ensure their online safety.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, attendees will be able to

  1. Implement strategies to assist individuals with disabilities in the identification and addressing of predators (including catfishers and posers), cyberbullying, and online consent.
  2. Implement strategies to assist individuals with disabilities in learning what to share online, including that of keeping personal information private and basic netiquette rules.

Panel: Using online platforms

  1. How we use/why we want to use online platforms
  2. How we learned to use online platforms safely and ensure our own safety
  3. What strategies do we use to be safe online



Dr. Mary Jo KrileDr. Mary, white moan with blonde hair in low bun, smiling, wearing a blue patterned shirt with blue cardigan

  • Dr. Mary Jo Krile is an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University. She teaches undergraduate courses in special education and graduate courses in moderate to severe disabilities. Her education background includes a doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degree in special education. She has eight years of experience in teaching students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) in public and postsecondary education settings. Four years of this experience consisted of teaching digital literacy to young adults with IDD enrolled in a postsecondary education program. Her dissertation was dedicated to promoting social media use and safety for young adults with ID. Dr. Krile has presented strategies to promote social media safety, digital literacy skills, and positive digital citizenship for individuals with IDD at local, national, and international conferences. She has also hosted various webinars regarding these topics. Dr. Krile’s research includes forming resources and strategies that can be used to promote safe digital citizenship and digital literacy skills for individuals with IDD.



    Karlee, white young woman smiling with glasses and long brown hair wearing an orange t-shirtKarlee Beets

    Karlee is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee’s FUTURE program and an alum of the Knoxville Children’s Theatre. She is currently employed at Talbots. Karlee enjoys singing the national anthem at racing events in the Southeast, musical theatre, writing and reading books, diamond painting, and being a fan of Charlie Puth, Elvis, and Harry Styles.





    Molly CarterMolly, white yougn woman, smiling with orange Tennessee hat and orange top with a long blond braid

    • Molly is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee’s FUTURE program, as well as Project Search. She is currently employed at a local children’s hospital. In her free time, Molly enjoys getting coffee, spending time with friends and family, and being the biggest fan of the Tennessee Volunteers. 





    Blake BurroughsBlake, young white man, smiling with brown hair and beard wearing a red tshirt

    • Blake graduated from Morristown West High School and the University of Tennessee’s FUTURE program. Currently, Blake is enjoying living independently, writing a book, and playing multiple instruments (bass and electric guitar, drums, and piano).






    Aley SasportAley, young white woman with short blonde hair, smiling wearing cap and gown in front of university of Tennessee bridge

    • Aley is a 2022 graduate of the University of Tennessee’s FUTURE program. She is employed at Sertoma as a front desk receptionist. In her free time, Aley enjoys working on a podcast, playing video games, and listening to music.





    Please Note:

    • There is no cost for this webinar.
    • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
    • This webinar will be held on the Zoom Platform. You can test your connection with Zoom before joining the meeting here.
    • CART captioning will be available for this webinar. For additional accommodations, email [email protected] 
    • This webinar will be archived.