Digital Primary School Kids:
Safe, Smart, and Responsible
Who is the digital native?




                             2
Kids today are consuming and
creating a lot of media
                      Media - 1960


                      15 Hours a...
Media today is mobile and user generated




                                           4
Media is about entertainment, education, and
socializing

                                        • 96% of online
        ...
Digital Media: The Possibilities

        •   Fun and entertaining

        •   Express themselves and be creative

      ...
Digital Media: The Perils

             •   Addiction

             •   Inappropriate content

             •   Cyberbully...
Addiction



       Warning signs for computer
     addiction include: missing meals,
      losing sleep, dropping activit...
Inappropriate Content



                         More than 40% of
                         tweens and teens
             ...
Cyberbullying



                 30-40% of kids
                 admit to being
                cyberbullied, but
       ...
Commercialism




       Advertisers will spend $150 million in virtual
     worlds by 2012, 10 times what was spent in 20...
What can you do to help
your kids be safe, smart,
 and responsible media
  users and creators?


                         ...
Media Tips: The Basics

    • Embrace their world and keep the lines of
      communication open

    • Encourage balanced...
Teach Internet Safety

 • Don’t share personal information like name, school, age, or address

 • Never send pictures to s...
Cyberbullying… on the receiving end

 •   Don't assume your kids
     will talk to you about being
     bullied
 • Don't r...
Cyberbullying…on the delivering end

  • Talk with your child about why it’s important to
    treat others with respect. I...
Commercialism

• Point out all the ways that
  marketers target them:
        - Surveys/Quizzes
        - Advergames
     ...
Common Sense Media
                             • Easy-to-use, detailed
                               information on medi...
Improve the media landscape….
              one decision,
               one family,
             one community
          ...
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  1. 1. Digital Primary School Kids: Safe, Smart, and Responsible
  2. 2. Who is the digital native? 2
  3. 3. Kids today are consuming and creating a lot of media Media - 1960 15 Hours a Week Media Today 45 Hours a Week 3
  4. 4. Media today is mobile and user generated 4
  5. 5. Media is about entertainment, education, and socializing • 96% of online tweens and teens have used social networking technologies like setting up profiles, blogging, or chatting. • In 2007, 24% of U.S. children and teens visited virtual worlds like Webkinz and Club Penguin. By 2011, an estimated 53% will do so. 5
  6. 6. Digital Media: The Possibilities • Fun and entertaining • Express themselves and be creative • Explore their identity • Keep in touch with friends and family • Social support/instant community • Educational o Digital citizenship o Learn about different cultures and ideas o Connect to and collaborate with others 6
  7. 7. Digital Media: The Perils • Addiction • Inappropriate content • Cyberbullying • Commercialism • Strangers/Predators 7
  8. 8. Addiction Warning signs for computer addiction include: missing meals, losing sleep, dropping activities, skipping showers, and missing homework assignments or school. 8
  9. 9. Inappropriate Content More than 40% of tweens and teens have come across nudity and pornography on the Internet. 9
  10. 10. Cyberbullying 30-40% of kids admit to being cyberbullied, but most kids don’t report their victimization. 10
  11. 11. Commercialism Advertisers will spend $150 million in virtual worlds by 2012, 10 times what was spent in 2006 11
  12. 12. What can you do to help your kids be safe, smart, and responsible media users and creators? 12
  13. 13. Media Tips: The Basics • Embrace their world and keep the lines of communication open • Encourage balanced use • Keep media out of kids’ bedrooms • Have some rules about the kinds of sites they can visit and what they can download • Research and review parental controls and privacy settings 13
  14. 14. Teach Internet Safety • Don’t share personal information like name, school, age, or address • Never send pictures to strangers • Keep passwords private (except for parents) • Don’t open any mail or content from strangers • If something mean or creepy happens, get a grown-up immediately • Explain that whatever they put on the Internet is permanent and can be passed along by others to others • Determine together who they can “friend” and chat with 14
  15. 15. Cyberbullying… on the receiving end • Don't assume your kids will talk to you about being bullied • Don't respond • Sign off and block the bully CYBERBULLYING • Change contact information • Save all bullying messages • Report bullying to school and company that hosts the site (if a false profile) 15
  16. 16. Cyberbullying…on the delivering end • Talk with your child about why it’s important to treat others with respect. If they wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, they shouldn’t say it through media. • Ask your child how they would feel if they were the victim of a cyberbully. Discuss the importance of treating others the way you want to be treated. • Explain what could happen (e.g. suspension, expulsion, arrest or a lawsuit) if s/he is caught cyberbullying. • Establish rules and consequences. 16
  17. 17. Commercialism • Point out all the ways that marketers target them: - Surveys/Quizzes - Advergames - Pop-ups - Product Placement • Use the coins (in games and virtual worlds) to teach the value of money • Talk about how spending is encouraged • Tell your kids never to click on an ad or fill out a form without your permission 17
  18. 18. Common Sense Media • Easy-to-use, detailed information on media titles • Can sort by age, media type, release date • Recommended lists by age and stage • News and research • Parenting tips and tools • Weekly newsletter www.commonsensemedia.org www.commonsensemedia.org 18
  19. 19. Improve the media landscape…. one decision, one family, one community at a time. primaryschool.qataracademy.wikispaces.net 19

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