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A presentation aimed at parents of children 8 years and up. Aim is to demystify the web and enable parents to guide their children in a positive manner rather than the shrill and pointless: "Get away …

A presentation aimed at parents of children 8 years and up. Aim is to demystify the web and enable parents to guide their children in a positive manner rather than the shrill and pointless: "Get away from the computer and do something meaningful!"

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  • 1. Néné La Beet, 51 years So, NOT a digital native then! Librarian Extensive work experience on managerial level, especially within the entertainment industry Freelancer as copywriter, translater, web “expert” for 10 yrs + Attached to the web by some sort of umbilical cord since 1995 Danish, married to Englishman who lives in Switzerland, have lived in the UK, two sons, 22 and 10.Thursday, December 1, 2011
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  • 3. “Digital Natives are naturally innovative, expressive and investigative.” * “Digital Natives are superficial, get easily stressed, can’t concentrate.” ** * Quote from Don Tapscott. He’s on the Top 50 Business Thinkers list for 2011. ** Aggregated quote from every newspaper in the Western WorldThursday, December 1, 2011
  • 4. A bit of “science” Traditional Networkers The Dunbar number Gamers Producers (150) The Strength of Weak ties (Granovetter) 9% 9% “Managing their digital identity, 40% critical assessment of webpages, reading strategies to skim through search result lists to find the relevant hit – these 42% are not skills people are born with.” * NUMBERS ARE FRESH, COURTESY OF ANTOINE VAN DEN BEENT - QUOTE FROM ANNETTE Q. PEDERSENThursday, December 1, 2011
  • 5. I will touch upon these subjects Do you restrict your children’s computer access? Do YOU know how Facebook, YouTube, etc. work? Do you know what your children’s computer games are really like? Does your child have a smartphone or access to one? What are “the Danger Zones” on the web? Wikipedia (who to trust) I read it on the Internet The do’s or the dont’s?Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • 6. Do you restrict your children’s computer time? There can be many (good) reasons to do so But - make sure your reason(s) are rational! Homework, exercise, family time and sleep are good reasons “Sitting in front of the computer is bad for you” is not a good reason. Because it depends on what they’re doing, right? “Why don’t you read a book instead?” In theory, the kid could be deep into a serious discussion about homework issues w school friends on Facebook. And the book to replace it could be cr*p. There are a lot of cr*p books out there!Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • 7. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, 4sq, etc. etc. Let’s take a look at Facebook. As a parent, you MUST be on Facebook. Even if you never use it, you need to understand the basics of it. Once you understand that, it’ll be easy to understand any other new social media. And YouTube. Watch this video with your kids instead of just talking. Make an account with your child. And check the safety settings. And Twitter but not all the others, because there’s a new one every week!Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • 8. Computer games There are many different kinds of games The BIG games, cost (a lot of) money, are known trademarks, are constantly developed, can be played both offline and online. WoW. Kiddy games - expect your children to leave them behind anytime soon and be prepared. Facebook games, phone applications. Angry birds. Wordfeud.Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • 10. Danger zones (imho) Bullying - like the girl said in the YouTube video. Zero tolerance. Teach your child to say NO! Be on e.g. Facebook yourself, so you know how to deal with it, quickly. Fake friends - like the girl said and like we all say about new people off line. Be careful, but also acknowledge that the majority of contacts are legit and without malice. What to trust. We must give our children the necessary understanding to enable them to distinguish between what’s trustworthy and what’s not.Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • 12. Wikipedia (and what we can learn from this story) Wikipedia can not be the ONLY source for a school essay from secondary school and up But Wikipedia can often be a source of sources And by explaining how Wikipedia works, you can teach children a lot about source criticism and why this is more important now than it has ever been A Danish research team has recently looked at CIA’s fact book and found numerous mistakes in the information about Denmark.Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • 13. I read it on the Internet Tip: EVERY TIME you hear somebody say this, ask them: “Where, exactly, the Internet is a big place?” Use easily understandable examples with your children: girls - if you read information about tampons on the tampon- producer’s homepage, do you think they recommend you to use few or many, cheap or branded? boys - if you read information about the excellence of a certain scooter part on the producer’s homepage and in a scooter magazine, which is the more trustworthy information? Look and Feel: Which article is probably the most reliable? tabloid, broadsheet, scientific publicationThursday, December 1, 2011
  • 14. I read it on the Internet II User-generated content. Among it are customer recommendations. Explain to your children how these should be read with caution and what to look out for Give your children examples of how even recognised scientists have written favourable reviews of their own books on e.g. Amazon. And unfavourable ones of the competition’sThursday, December 1, 2011
  • 15. Do’s or don’t’s? I suggest mainly DO’s not least because children very easily go deaf to don’t’s. but also because this way you can be a role- model instead of a police(wo)man. If you need to set limits, make sure that it’s crystal clear why.Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • 16. Thank you TEXT for listening On my website is a list of links to pages and articles I’ve referred to during this presentation.Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • 17. CLICK ON FOR CHILDREN BACKThursday, December 1, 2011