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“ We're growing a bunch of [young] people who see what they do as social and collaborative and as part of joining communities ...
“ They function quite naturally in ‘teams,’ where everybody is an expert in something but they know how to integrate their expertise with everybody else’s; they know how to understand the other person’s expertise so they can pull off an action together in a complicated world.” – author and professor James Paul Gee
"For all Internet problems, the vast majority of [SN] teens either had appropriate reactions or ignored the behavior. ”
– Prof. Larry Rosen
92% responded appropriately to sexual solicitation
90% to harassment
94% to unwanted exposure to sexual materials
As for predators in social network sites... “ There is no evidenc e predators are stalking or abducting unsuspecting victims based on information they posted in social sites.” – Crimes Against Children Research Center, 3/09
Question Has the growth in young people’ s use of the Internet correlated with a rise in sexual abuse against children?
Rate per 10,000 Children (<18) Source: NCANDS / Finkelhor & Jones 51% Decline ( during the period of the Web’ s existence) Answer: No Confirmed cases of child sexual abuse
“ Substantiated cases of child sexual abuse declined 58% from 1992-2008.”
Latest data : Child sexual abuse in 2008 was down 6% from the previous year.
The 2008 figures “add to an already substantial positive long-term trend, especially for sexual and physical abuse.”
As for other risk factors... “ Youth violence is way down , as is teen pregnancy , smoking , alcohol and drug use , suicides , and high school drop-out rates – whereas civic engagement has improved along with youth taking more AP classes in high school. Standardized educational achievement scores have either remained steady or improved slightly. Aside from obesity, perhaps, most trends in youth behavior are moving in a positive direction.” – Prof. Christopher Ferguson, Texas A&M
“ Because a bully’s success depends heavily on context , attempts to prevent bullying should concentrate primarily on changing the context rather than directly addressing the victim’s or the bully’s behavior.” This involves “the entire school community.”
– Yale psychology Prof. Alan Yazdin and Carlo Rotella at Boston College
Most kids don’ t cyberbully Source: Cox Communications Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey
Perception => reality: The power of ‘ social norming’ Source: Craig & Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges 2008
Reinforcing social norms Source: Assessing Bullying in New Jersey Secondary Schools: Applying the Social Norms Model to Adolescent Violence: Craig, Perkins 2008
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“ Promote digital citizenship and new media literacy in pre-K-12 education as a national priority.” – Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety & Technology Working Group Our report to Congress, June 2010...
The pillars of citizenship learning Photo by Julian Turner
“ As a society, we have spent too much time focused on what media are doing to young people and not enough time asking what young people are doing with media . Rather, we need to embrace an approach based on media ethics, one that empowers young people to take greater responsibility for their own actions and holds them accountable for the choices they make as media producers and members of online communities.” – Prof. Henry Jenkins, USC