Get Connected

New Horizons Social Media and Mentoring Inclusion Project

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Welcome to the “Get Connected” project which partnered a group of youth mentors and senior learners who worked together to learn social media. These instructions were written by the youth and tested by the seniors. Our intention with them was basic introduction only. Each social media program is capable of more than what is included here. As you get going, you will be amazed at how you can navigate around the internet, get news from all around the world and be in touch with friends and family.

We hope you enjoy your journey into social media!

General information:

  • Don’t forget that Social Media is a public space. All programs have privacy policies and settings. Please read the policy and pick the settings appropriate to your comfort level.

 

  • Every program also has a ‘help’ feature. There are also be a section called “FAQ’s” (frequently asked questions). You will often find the answer to your questions there.

 

  • “Apps” are available on phones, iPads and tablets only. Computer users will need to go online directly to the specific website. Browsers include Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera. Search engines that can be used with the above browsers are: Google, Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo.

 

  • As you become more comfortable with the basics, you may want to try out more functions. You can use the ‘help’ button of the specific media or you can search online for further information. There are several online free sites which offer tutorials in a number of computer programs.

 

  • Password Advice - When creating a password please keep in mind the following:

    • Make it long, preferably 8 characters or longer

    • It is case sensitive. "A" and "a" are different.

    • It is recommended if you can remember to use a combination of symbols, numbers and letters.

    • Once you’ve created a password it is helpful to write it down. Make sure you keep the written copy in a private and secure space.

    • While it is not recommend reusing passwords, it can be helpful if you have trouble remembering them.


Accessing the internet

+ The Web


The “Web” and “Internet” are related but not the same. The “Internet” refers to the connection between computers. The “Web” refers to the specific pages available on those connections. One way to connect is through “Wi-Fi” which simply means there is wireless internet service available. Check out http://www.wificafespots.com/wifi/city/CA-BC-Chilliwack to find free “Wi-Fi” spots in Chilliwack.

  • Open up your browser (i.e. Google Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari (for Apple products))
  • Click or tap into the ‘search’ bar
  • Type your question into the search bar and click or tap the ‘enter’ key
  • It is likely that multiple pages will be listed on the page.
  • Click or tap on the webpage you are most interested in. If the page does not provide the information you are want, click or tap on the “back’ button.
  • Scroll through the webpages until you find what you want.
  • You may have heard the phrase “google it”. If you have followed the above instructions and found what you wanted, you’ve ‘googled it’. Well done!

For a PDF Click Here

+ Email


“Email” refers to messages distributed electronically from one computer user to one or more recipients. There are several free email service providers (i.e. Gmail or Hotmail/Outlook). There are also several service providers who charge fees (i.e. Shaw, Telus) Gmail is a free email service offered by Google. The following instructions are written for Gmail but if you choose another service provider, you will find the instructions are similar.

  • Open up your browser
  • Click or tap into the ‘search’ bar
  • Type in “Gmail” and click or tap the ‘enter’ button
  • Click or tap on the “Gmail-google” webpage
  • You will be invited to ‘sign in’ or ‘create an account’.
  • If you need to create an account, please follow the directions on the screen.
  • Once you have your user name and password, make sure you write them down as you will need them every time you sign in. The password is case sensitive. Write it down exactly as you type it in. Because so many people use email, it is possible that your username will already be in use. If that happens, you can use add a number or letter and try again. Your user name should be something that is unique to you and can be easily recognized by your friends.
  • Continue filling in the information and follow the prompts on the screen.
  • Once you get to the bottom of the page, click or tap on the ‘next’ button. Most programs highlight the boxes which aren’t completed properly. If you can’t get to the next screen, simply scroll up to the top of the page and look for the highlighted box to find the error. Enter the correct information and try again.
  • To send an email…
  • Click or tap on the “compose” button. It may be a red button or a picture of a pen on the button.
  • Enter the recipient’s address in the ‘to’ line. Make sure you spell each word correctly. If you make a mistake, your email will not be delivered.
  • There is a “cc” and “bcc” buttons if you would like to send the same information to more than one person.
  • Type your message into the text box.
  • To add an attachment, click or tap on the paperclip button. A window will pop up and you can click or tap onto the document/photo you want to include. Once it has been highlighted, click or tap on the ‘open’ button. The screen will go back to your email. Click or tap on the ‘send’ button and off it goes.
  • Make sure you log out. Click or tap on your email address and then click or tap on the ‘log out’ or ‘sign out’ button.
  • Incoming mail will arrive automatically or you can click or tap the ‘receive’ button. To open the email, just highlight the specific email and double click or tap on it.

For a PDF Click Here

+ Facebook


“Facebook” is a social networking website on which you can post comments, share photos and other links of interest. You can play games, chat with friends and watch videos. It is public and difficult to protect your privacy completely. You will want to review the privacy settings and make sure they are set to your satisfaction.

  • Open up your browser
  • Click or tap into the ‘search’ bar
  • Type in “Facebook” (www.Facebook.com)
  • Once you are on the “Facebook” page, you will have the choice of signing on to your account or creating an account. To create an account, please follow the directions on the screen.
  • Make sure to keep track of your user name and password. The password is case sensitive so you will need to enter it exactly each time you use it. As with email, your first choice of user name may already be in use. Just add a number or letter and try again.
  • At the right hand side of the screen, click or tap on “email/password” bar so you can type in your email address and password.
  • Click or tap on the ‘log in’ button on the right hand corner of your screen
  • Once you are on “Facebook”, if you are looking for a friend, type their name in the search bar at the top left hand corner of the screen. A list of possible matches will appear.
  • After you find the person you want click or tap on “add friend”. The person will receive a notice from “Facebook” that you’ve invited them to be a friend and will have the choice to “accept” or “decline”.
  • If you want to post a comment you will notice a tab labeled “make a post”. Click or tap on the tab and then type your comment in the space provided. Click or tap on the “post” button and you will see your comment.
  • If you want to post a video, you will notice a tab labeled “photo/video album”. Click or tap on the tab and a window will open so you can search for the photo you want. Highlight the photo, click or tap on ‘open’ button. Your photo will be posted.
  • “Facebook” can be a really good way to keep in touch with friends and family. There are many other functions and features of Facebook. When you want more information, you can make use of the Facebook ‘help’ button or search for additional information online.

For a PDF Click Here

+ Twitter


Twitter is a social media that allows users post and interact with messages, known as "tweets." There is a limit of 280 characters per tweet. Users can ‘follow’ others which means they subscribe to that person’s twitter account and will be notified of each tweet.

  • Open up your browser
  • Click or tap into the ‘search’ bar and search for “Twitter”
  • Double click or tap on the “Twitter” link
  • Sign up or log in.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen. Once you have your user name and password, make sure you write them down as you will need to remember them for the next time you sign in. The password is case sensitive so write it down exactly as you type it in. Because so many people use twitter, it is possible that your username will not be accepted. If your first choice is rejected, you can add a number or letter and try again.
  • To “follow” on Twitter; click or tap on the magnifying glass and search for the person you want to follow.
  • To “write a post” on Twitter; click or tap on ‘what’s happening’ or the blue circle with the feather in it. Type in up to 280 characters and decide if you want to add a photo or video. If you want to add either one, click or tap on the ‘blue mountain’ icon on the right and follow the directions.
  • To post your ‘tweet’; click or tap on ‘tweet’ once you’ve written your message. Remember 280 characters only.
  • Don’t forget to sign off. Happy Tweeting!

For a PDF Click Here

+ Instagram


Instagram is a photo-sharing media which allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately to pre-approved followers.

  • Open up your browser
  • Click or tap into the ‘search’ bar and search for “Instagram”
  • Double click or tap on the “Instagram” link
  • Create a profile with a username, photo, bio and password. Make sure you write down your user name and password. The password is case sensitive so write it down exactly as you type it in. You can also sign in using your email address, Facebook account or a phone number.
  • You can request to add followers and you can accept others followers
  • You can upload images from your device to your profile and followers who view it will have the option to like it and comment on it
  • You will notice the “Home Screen” from which you can see posts and stories from people you follow; you can create your own posts; and you can tap the different icons at the bottom of the screen to switch to other parts of the app.
  • Applying filters to photos is a great way to create a new and interesting look. Take the photo first and then once the filters appear, tap the filter to apply it.

For a PDF Click Here

+ Password Advice


When creating a password please keep in mind the following:

  • Make it long, preferably 8 characters or longer
  • It is case sensitive. A and a are different.
  • It is recommended if you can remember to use a combination of symbols, numbers and letters.
  • Once you’ve created a password it is helpful to write it down. Make sure you keep the written copy in a private and secure space.
  • While it is not recommend reusing passwords, it can be helpful if you have trouble remembering them.

For a PDF Click Here


Funding for this project was provided by the “New Horizons” Program, Employment and Social Development Canada. We are grateful for their support.