5 Essential Facts of Digital Life
- Kids are the creators. It’s all about participating, communicating, making music, images, videos, and posting written content. And the content that’s there? Kids must be able to know if it’s credible or not.
- Everything happens in front of a vast, invisible, and often anonymous audience.
- Once something is out there, it doesn't go away. Everything leaves a digital footprint.
- Information cannot be controlled. Anything can be copied, changed, and shared instantly.
- Distance and anonymity separate actions and consequences. Kids think they can get away with unethical or unacceptable behavior because they don’t see immediate consequences. by Common Sense Media
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR TEEN FOR 21ST-CENTURY CHALLENGES
Model it: Compassion is largely learned, so be
aware of how you act around your children. How did you respond to the request
for money from that panhandler on the street? What comment did you make
behind his back, in the presence of your kid? What did you say about that idiot
driver who just cut you off in traffic? Your teens are watching and listening.
Notice it: Point out examples of compassion that
occur around you. It comes in many forms. Relevant to our daily lives are the
people who quietly, and without recognition, help others in need, including
volunteers of all types. Make a game of identifying instances of compassionate
deeds you've witnessed.
Teach it: Compassion has to be taught, so be
prepared to provide direct instruction on how your teen needs to think and act
in order to develop that quality. One important component empathy. If your
teens can’t see things from another’s perspective, it is difficult for them to
appreciate what that person is going through. Help them learn to walk a mile in
Anticipate it: Character can be fostered by projecting
moral strength into their future. In this way, you will be subtly shaping the
adult they are working to become. Say things like: “By the time you’re an
adult, you will be such a person of strong character. That’ll be really
Guilt it: A personal value system serves as a
means of accountability to oneself (and your family and community). This begins
with the value system parents promote in their kids. If they fulfill the
promise of personal values it is a source of justifiable pride. Violating
personal values should result in guilt for not doing what’s right and shame for
letting other people down. Parents need to help their kids along with this.
Repeat it: Once is not enough when it comes to
character. Find every opportunity to work it into the conversation. Using all
of the strategies mentioned above, you will be able to work character issues
into every possible situation in a remarkably diverse number of ways. You need
to have mentioned character so often – at least once every couple of days – and
in so many different forms that they are sick of hearing about it by the time
they graduate from high school.
News this week....
SaferOnline - Microsoft launched the safer online site to spread the word about online safety and encourage people to "Do 1 Thing" to help make the internet a safer place Cyber Streetwise is a site developed for the purpose of sharing tips and techniques for protecting your identity and your electronic devices. The site is set-up as digital street that you walk along to learn about protecting your electronic devices, your identity, and digital footprint.
What is a digital tattoo? In short, it is your digital identity. Just like a tattoo, your digital reputation is an expression of yourself. Read more...
Students' social media profiles hurt college admissions
- his year, 35% of college admissions officials who responded to a survey said they discovered something on students' social media profiles that negatively affected their admissions to college -- up from 12% who reported similar findings last year.
New Bullying Site released - The best weapon against this problem is awareness. This website is aimed at students around 10-14 years of age, as it is at this age that most children are affected. Students direct themselves on an interactive journey through a detective’s office to learn more about cyber-bullying These young teenagers get to hunt and explore their way through a fun website uncovering clues and information about cyber-bullying and how to recognize what to do.
FresnoCo schools unveil new anti-bullying app
September 12, 2012
Calif. (KFSN) – A group of Fresno County schools are among the
first in the nation to roll out a new tool in the fight against
smartphone app that allows students to anonymously report an incident
to school staff. See
it, text it, send it.
Read more here
Instagram is a hit with tweens
Instagram has the same age restrictions as Facebook, but the application is becoming popular among underage mobile-device users, Michelle Meyers writes. At least a million teens reportedly visited Instagram during July, and studies show that posting videos and photos remains the most popular online activity for young Web users. The site's lower profile means tweens often can escape the parental surveillance they'd face on other social networks, Meyers writes. CNET (9/8
CNN’s Schools of Thought blog covers education from a variety of perspectives that include policies, practices and people. This entry covers the banning of Social Media in schools.
Sexting -- the phenomenon of teens using phones or computers to send each other sexual photographs -- is not as widespread as once thought, a new study suggests.