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Reading From a Screen Changes How You Think

posted Jun 10, 2016, 12:14 AM by Mr Crispian Farrow

A new study out of Dartmouth's Tiltfactor Lab has suggested there are differences to how we think depending on whether we've read in electronic format or from paper.  To find out more, here's a summary from Inc. 

Intel Security 'Realities of Cyber Parenting' Study

posted Nov 12, 2015, 7:16 PM by Mr Crispian Farrow

The Family Online Safety Institute recently partnered with Intel Security to produce this latest set of wide-ranging data on what children are doing online.  You can read more about the findings here.

Below is one part of Intel Security's recommendations.

Top 5 Cyber Parenting Tips to Help Facilitate Online Safety:

  1. Connect With Your Kids. Talk casually and frequently with them about online risks, and make sure the communication lines are open. Foster discussions around relevant news stories or cases at schools.
  2. Set Password Rules. To show camaraderie and trust, teens may share their social media passwords with friends or acquaintances. Friend or not, this is a dangerous practice. Put a consequence in place for breaking this critical password rule.
  3. Read App Reviews. By reading app flags, age restrictions (ranks include: everyone, low maturity, medium maturity, or high maturity) and customer reviews for an app, you will be better equipped to evaluate whether an app may be suitable for your child.
  4. Gain Access. Parents should have passwords for their children’s social media accounts and passcodes to their children’s devices which allow them to have full access.
  5. Up Your Tech Knowledge. Stay one step ahead and take the time to research the various devices your kids use, as well as creating your own social media accounts. Staying knowledgeable about the newest and latest social networks is an important way to understand how they work and may help you determine whether your kids are on them.

How does sleep deprivation affect your child's grades?

posted Jan 15, 2015, 11:40 PM by Mr Crispian Farrow

Here is a thought provoking article from Time Magazine 
with some lessons for most of us.

5 myths of online student privacy

posted Sep 11, 2014, 12:15 AM by Mr Crispian Farrow

Here is an insightful article about the tricky subject of online privacy as it pertains to young people:

Click here to read the article.

Parents must consider the example they set

posted May 7, 2014, 8:13 PM by Mr Crispian Farrow

Here's an interesting piece about the importance of parents considering not only the way their children use their devices, but also the impact of themselves as role models.  It serves to reinforce one of the key messages we give parents and students: that each must meaningfully engage with the other when it comes to negotiating the media rich world we now live in.

Social Media Guidelines

posted Apr 4, 2014, 1:46 AM by Mr Crispian Farrow

NYC's Department of Education have recently published a very sensible new document, written in conjunction with students, that sets out very reasonable guidelines for using social media.  You can find the full document here.

Connecting Safely

posted Mar 20, 2014, 10:09 PM by Mr Crispian Farrow is a rich online community with a wealth of tips and resources to help parents engage with their children.  Their Online Safety 3.0 manifesto calls for an updated look at the challenges faced by young people today and offers a vision of empowered children, making sensible choices in a digitally connected world.

Sugata Mitra on technology and teaching in today's world

posted Dec 19, 2013, 11:11 PM by Mr Crispian Farrow   [ updated Dec 19, 2013, 11:12 PM ]

Here is a link to a fascinating and thought-provoking article written by Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University.  He starts by asking 'Would a person with good handwriting, spelling and grammar and instant recall of multiplication tables be considered a better candidate for a job than, say, one who knows how to configure a peer-to-peer network of devices, set up an organisation-wide Google calendar and find out where the most reliable sources of venture capital are, I wonder?'

Dr Larry Rosen on The Psychology of Technology

posted Dec 4, 2013, 10:53 PM by Mr Crispian Farrow

Dr Larry Rosen with some great tips on sensible approaches to managing technology use.

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