It’s interesting that Daily Beast writer Caitlin Dixon precedes her question “When did we let our guard down?” with the story of sleeping on strangers’ couch in Italy after finding them in a couch-surfing site. Yes, she let her guard down (but the people were great hosts). What’s interesting, though, is that she compared couch-surfing […]
Category Archives: Online Safety Education
“Powered up, self-directed students” using digital tools “to lead their learning” is how Leslie Wilson, CEO of the One to One Institute describes what Digital Learning Day (today, Feb. 6) needs to be about in her commentary “Connected Students and Agency.” It’s that blend of agency (self-directed participation or action) and connected technology that New […]
June, when I originally posted this article, is “National Internet safety Month” (I think October folds in cybersecurity too), so I decided it might be good to consider what actually works in risk prevention education, online or offline. [This article was originally published June 28, 2012, then my service’s server crashed with no backup(!), so […]
With these winners, art doesn’t imitate life, hopefully it steers and enriches both the online and offline parts of it.
More and more educators and administrators are bringing social media into schools’ regular curricula, a huge step forward for both education and youth online safety.
According a leading child welfare organization in Taiwan, “Internet literacy can help parents enjoy a better relationship with their children, FocusTaiwan.tw reports. A survey of nearly 1,300 5th- and 6th-graders conducted by the Child Welfare League Foundation found that 41% say they can’t discuss computer-related problems with their parents because the latter don’t understand, and […]
This morning Elmo of Sesame Street helped Julius Genachowski of the FCC launch the child- and family-empowerment part of the FCC’s universal broadband plan (trying to understand Mr. Genachowski’s job, Elmo asked, “So you’re the chairman of the Funky Chicken Club?”). But before Elmo joined him, the Federal Communications Commission’s chairman spoke of the “four […]
Where dealing with children’s online safety is concerned, the UK continues to impress. Clearly it was no easy task, but on the recommendation of psychologist, professor, TV personality, parent, and author of the Prime Minister Brown-appointed Byron Review Tanya Byron, the September 2008-launched UK Council for Child Internet Safety – made up of a staggering […]
Ever wonder how to teach young people about what can happen to information they post online? Canadian author and journalist Cory Doctorow has a great idea: show them on/with the Web. In a video interview he gave the European Commission’s Net-safety program, Insafe, he talks about how we can now literally watch the diffusion of […]
Here’s a sampler of sexting cases (in three states) in the news this past week: Two Ohio 15-year-olds pleaded guilty to “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” and have been sentenced, the boy to 30 days’ house arrest and the girl to writing a research paper for the court on the dangers of sexting […]