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  • 1. Digital Citizenship Redefined By Larry Magid Co-director Talk delivered at the National PTA Conference, Austin, Texas June 20, 2014
  • 2. Evolution of online safety since 1994 Porn Predators Sexual abuse images (child porn) Cyberbullying Reputation management Digital citizenship Security Privacy Resilience & self-respect Understanding not all are equally vulnerable Kindness Thriving – positive outcomes
  • 3. Of course there are risks in life, so…
  • 4. Who can best protect youth?
  • 5. Or young people themselves?
  • 6. Ultimately, the best filter runs between the child’s ears, not on a device Protection that lasts a lifetime Training wheels for young kids
  • 7. How you treat others affects your risk * EU Kids Online +Internet Safety Technology Taskforce “Among those who do not bully others, being bullied is relatively rare 8% offline only, and 4% online”* “Youth who engage in online aggressive behavior by making rude or nasty comments or frequently embarrassing others are more than twice as likely to report online interpersonal victimization.” +
  • 8. Avoid Fear & Exaggeration Encourage honesty, calm discussion & social norming Caution only works if it’s believable and actionable
  • 9. Social norms approach • People emulate how they think their peers behave • If people think their friends don’t smoke, they’re less likely to smoke. • Same is true with over-eating, excessive alcohol use and other negative behaviors, including bullying* *Assessing Bullying in New Jersey Secondary Schools: Applying the Social Norms Model to Adolescent Violence: Craig, Perkins 2008
  • 10. What is a “Citizen” “A person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of that country” “An inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman.” (Merriam Webster online dictionary)
  • 11. What is a “Digital Citizen” “…There is a basic set of rights extended to every digital citizen. • Digital citizens have the right to privacy, free speech, etc. • Basic digital rights must be addressed, discussed, and understood in the digital world. With responsibilities as well. • Users must help define how the technology is to be used in an appropriate manner. • In a digital society these two areas must work together for everyone to be productive. ” #7 of the “Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship” by Mike Ribble
  • 12. And so, Digital Citizenship includes: • Access to digital tools in and out of school • Respect from others: including teachers & other adults • Respect for others • Self-respect • Commitment to community • Freedom to be unique
  • 13. What we do at ConnectSafely • Consumer education: Parents, teens and general public • Resources for schools • Safer Internet Day • One Good Thing • Blogging, broadcasting and media appearances • Education for policy makers • International work
  • 14. Research-Based Tips & Articles
  • 15. Guides
  • 16. International & US Policy • Work with Internet Congressional Caucus • Work with other non-profits around the world • Congressional testimony & advice • Participate in national & regional forums • Have worked within US states • Participate internationally in Internet Governance Forum & other global forums • Opening Washington DC Office – Fall 2014 Goal is to encourage rational and thoughtful policy that avoids unintended consequences
  • 17. Safer Internet Day 2014 Theme: Teens and Tech Leaders on Building a Better Internet ConnectSafely is the designated US Host of Safer Internet Day.
  • 18. Safer Internet Day 2014 Youth panel Industry panel Senator Chuck Schumer
  • 19. Safer Internet Day Partners
  • 20. Safer Internet Day 2015 Tuesday February 10, 2015 In Silicon Valley with remote participation from schools across the country
  • 21. One Good Thing • Texting a kind message to a friend who was sad • Helping a grandparent figure out Facebook • Getting a bunch of parents together and teaching them about how to use social media safely • Creating a pile-on of kindness for someone who was getting harassed or cyber bullied Coming soon:
  • 22. Thank you Larry Magid