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Listen to MusicDo HomeworkInstant MessageVideo ChatWatch VideoResearchPlay Games
Most of all… They Explore
Question:What did WE do without the Internet when we were their age?
Listen to MusicDid HomeworkWrote MessagesChatted about Video Watched VideoResearchedPlayed Games
Question: Are our kids different today?
Of course they are!
They’re not little US’s anymore.
They live in a constantly CHANGING world!
They’re changing at an incredible rate.Almost as incredible as the rate technology changes.
Rapid ChangeOur teenagers were BORN to the idea of rapid change. They embrace it.
The rapid change that is EMPOWERING to teenagers…
is often THREATENING to parents
How many of us view education as preparing students for jobs… that DON’ T EXIST TODAY?
How will they stand out from the crowd?
A middle school parent:“My kids are like aliens. They speak a completely different language.”
“omg I cntblevhezgointuh semi wit thtgrl…=/ ” “yehik but w.evashezok I gess but hezsoookewlthoyuhgit mi?!”
Text convoo. Kenzie and Danielle. 1] heyyy. wachaadointdayy ?!2] nuttnnn, youu.? 3] wannaaa go se a movieess or smthinn ?! 4] sureelyy ! what moviee.? haha((: 5] idkkk. igotsttaalookee ! 6] okieedokeyy, 7] howbout 17 again att like 630 ? 8] mhkkk sounds goody[: 9] loll. ohhkayyyyouu need a ridee.? 10] yeahhpps, who slsee is goinn ?! 11] uhhmmericatylerrdanaa ally molly&& oliviaa, mmkk? 12] yerpp[: seeeyuuthenn , :) <3 Text conversation. MacKenzie and Danielle. 1] Greetings. What are you doing today?2] Nothing, how about yourself? 3] Would you like to see a movie or something of that nature? 4] Sure! What movie? (I am laughing.) 5] I don’t know. I have to see! 6] Okay. (or similar affirmative word) 7] How about the film “17 Again” at approximately 6:30pm Eastern Time? 8] Hmmm, Okay. Sounds good. (smiling) 9] Laugh out loud. Okay, do you need transportation? 10] Yes. May I ask who else is going to this event? 11] Um, Erica, Tyler, Dana, Ally, Molly and Olivia, okay? 12] Yes. (smiling) See you then. (smiling, love symbol)
Do you really understand your children?
We think about what they CAN and WILL BECOMEinstead of who they are right now.
“Okay, so how do I deal with Facebook??”
Approximately Usage- Facebook6th graders = 15-20%7th graders = 40-55%8th graders = 75% or more
“Listen, buddy. I may use the same lesson plans every year, but it’s taken a while to get this good at it.” - A 30+ year teacher, now retired
Let’s talk Facebook
Things our kids should know….
Employers sometimes use Facebook in background checks
Photos and videos on the Internet never really go away, even if you delete them.
What you say online is real and can be used against you in a court of law.
Becoming a Fan of a Facebook page means you agree with what is said.
What your friends post on your Wall is a reflection of YOU.
The Good Things About Facebook =
Responsibility Ownership of Actions Communication Skills Language Social Cues Core Values Consequences of Actions Morality Etiquette
Anonymity is very popular now.
gettingrandom.com is linked from Facebook
Online Live Gaming is HUGE
Your parents used to say:“Don’t talk to strangers.”
But strangers aren’t so strange anymore. Not to our kids.
TechLife.com estimates that the average teenager communicates online with strangers 20-30 times each month.
Kids really ARE different today!
Ten tips for you to come away with tonight:
1. Educate yourself first, then your childrenKnowing what your children are exposed to will give you answers you need.
2. Teach your children the identity rulesNo personal information or photos on public sites.
3. Install an Internet filterInexpensive, easy to use and provides peace of mind.
4. Insist on access to their Facebook pagesRandomly but consistently monitor their online activities from the inside out.
5. Teach them what to do if they encounter pornographyPulling the plug on the computer quickly and getting an adult will help minimize the problem.
6. Manage your child’s time onlineCreate a schedule and promote real world interactions rather than all online. Reduce free reign.
7. Create consequences, and stick by themIf you don’t follow through with consequences, they mean nothing.
8. Keep computers out of bedrooms and in more open areas of the homePrivacy could mean more ability to access inappropriate material.
9. Keep an open communication with your childAllow them the chance to talk about things that happen online, and listen to their concerns. This will also help when problems arise.
10. Keep up with the latest trendsDon’t ignore new Internet and technology trends. Explore them and understand them so you can teach your children the benefits and the dangers.
What will happen in the next ten years?
Predictions for the Future: Free wireless will be everywhere Laptops will fall below the $100 mark Several communication avenues will close Keyboards and mice will disappear in favor of touch screens Voice-to-text will be the norm Video chat will be standard on cell phones TV will be easily accessible on cell phones Cell phones will become an essential part of education Batteries will become stronger, smaller and lighter Wireless electricity will be increasingly more popular
What are we doing?
But..we’ve changed too!
Ten years ago did you ever think that… You’d be using text messaging on a regular basis? You’d be checking your email so often? You’d be banking online? You’d be Googling for almost every single question you have? You’d be watching TV on a computer with YouTube? You’d be able to talk to someone in another country using Skype? Do you know what Skype is??
When will this change end?
So how does this fit in with what we’re doing in education today?
A good lesson plan idea:After reading a self-selected novel, have the students create a book review and present to the class.
A great lesson plan idea:After reading a self-selected novel, have the students create a talk show episode in which the main character is the featured guest.
Resources WiredSafety.org FBI Parent Resources NetSmartz.org Books on Internet Safety Kids Online: Parent's Guide to Internet Safety GetNetWise.org SafeKids.com
The Smart Parents Guide to Facebook
Pulling the Plug on Facebook
RandomDorm vs. Chatroulette
The Surreal World of Chatroulette
What can Strangers Learn about You Online?
How Privacy Vanishes Online
Facebook’s New Safety
“Most of us prefer to walk backward into the future…
“…a posture that may be uncomfortable…
“…but at least it allows us to keep on looking at familiar things as long as we can.” –Charles Handy-Cha
Questions and Comments
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