This is a sidebar to my post about EduCon 2.5, held at the end of each January in Philadelphia at the Science Leadership Academy. Author, entrepreneur and pundit Seth Godin is a parent too, father of two, so in the interview with Krista Tippett (also a parent) for her show on American Public Media, parenting also came up. It was natural that it came at the very end of the interview and folded … [Read more...] about Of fearless parenting in this unmapped landscape
Guest post by Marianne Malmstrom I’m thrilled by the competency and resourcefulness of my young students. But I also feel an urgency to inform parents and teachers that our children need us to be present and involved online. Just as in “real world" spaces, they require supervision and guidance in virtual spaces. They don’t know to ask for permission to make accounts, connect with friends, … [Read more...] about Mining Minecraft, Part 3: Safety & citizenship in games (do try this at home!)
Did you know that we parents are pretty darn engaged with the young social media users at our houses? To our credit, I feel, most of us are folding social media into our parenting, the Pew Internet researchers report. For example – although high school student Jake tells his friend that he's "probably the only kid in the world with their mom on Facebook" in this engaging YouTube dramatization by … [Read more...] about Private vs. public parenting (& a Pew study)
I'm not sure "the graying of social networking," as Pew puts it, quite describes what Pew discovered in its latest look at adult use of social sites in the US. It's more the mainstreaming of social networking, I think. "Fully 65% of adult internet users now say they use a social networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn, up from 61% one year ago," according to the just-released report … [Read more...] about Adults’ social networking more than doubled since 2008: Study
Last week I wrote about why we don't need to be so afraid (of the Net where our kids are concerned); this week why we are. I've been asking myself that for more than a decade, and I have my theories, but watching David Finkelhor's talk "The Internet, Youth Deviance & the Problem of Juvenoia" was a breakthrough for me. See if it is for you.... Here's how Dr. Finkelhor, who has studied child … [Read more...] about Net-related ‘juvenoia,’ Part 2: So why are we afraid?