How Connected are They? Understanding kids’ virtual lives Essentials for Parents
How do kids use technology away from school? <ul><li>Girls </li></ul><ul><li>Design tools  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital C...
How do kids use technology away from school? <ul><li>Boys </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Toys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remote c...
Different tools to keep in touch <ul><li>When we were kids… </li></ul><ul><li>Passing notes </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </...
What is  SOCIAL NETWORKING ? Video:  Social Networking in Plain English
Social Networking for Kids…
What’s the  appeal ? <ul><li>“ Personal feel” – handheld, palm-sized, concealed (DSi,iPod, Phone) </li></ul><ul><li>Feelin...
What are the benefits? <ul><li>Getting/staying connected with friends/family </li></ul><ul><li>Expressing yourself & perso...
What are the  risks ? <ul><li>Privacy  - Sharing too much info w/o understanding: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who potentially mi...
How connected are they? <ul><li>iPod Touch </li></ul><ul><li>DSi </li></ul><ul><li>Wii </li></ul><ul><li>XBox </li></ul><u...
Awareness… <ul><li>Many devices can go online, not just computers </li></ul><ul><li>“ Friends” vs. friends </li></ul><ul><...
If you don’t have an account… Facebook wants you to use their service, so they let you see just enough as a non-user to wa...
A Visit to  Facebook …
What should Privacy screens look like?
Final Thoughts A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety
Resources <ul><li>Common Sense Media  http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>FBI – Parent’s Guide to Internet ...
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  1. 1. How Connected are They? Understanding kids’ virtual lives Essentials for Parents
  2. 2. How do kids use technology away from school? <ul><li>Girls </li></ul><ul><li>Design tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Cameras </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo editing & graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital scrapbooking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Websites related to interests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Barbie.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disney </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American Girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webkinz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Club Penguin , Whyville, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><li>iPod/Cell Phone </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do kids use technology away from school? <ul><li>Boys </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Toys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remote control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robotics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gaming systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nintendo & PSP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wii Xbox… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Computer games </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pokeman </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Addicting Games </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P2P games </li></ul></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>iPod/Cell Phone </li></ul>
  4. 4. Different tools to keep in touch <ul><li>When we were kids… </li></ul><ul><li>Passing notes </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Today… </li></ul><ul><li>Passing notes </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>Smart phones </li></ul><ul><li>Texting </li></ul><ul><li>IM (instant messaging) </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-player games </li></ul><ul><li>Email (Gmail or Yahoo) </li></ul><ul><li>Video chatting (Meebo, Skype) </li></ul><ul><li>Video sharing (YouTube) </li></ul><ul><li>Photo sharing (Flickr, Photobucket) </li></ul><ul><li>Music sharing (iTunes, Pandora) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking (Facebook) </li></ul>Any place, any time…
  5. 5. What is SOCIAL NETWORKING ? Video: Social Networking in Plain English
  6. 6. Social Networking for Kids…
  7. 7. What’s the appeal ? <ul><li>“ Personal feel” – handheld, palm-sized, concealed (DSi,iPod, Phone) </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling like a big kid – using the tools teens/adults do </li></ul><ul><li>Status updates – What are you doing this very minute? </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive – “It does cool stuff” </li></ul><ul><li>Posting and reading posts to feel important, validated </li></ul><ul><li>Links to interests – music, celebrities, sports, schools, careers… </li></ul><ul><li>Posts from “friends” and their activities </li></ul><ul><li>Photo/video sharing – counting hits </li></ul><ul><li>Perceived anonymity – “safe” to share </li></ul><ul><li>Other options… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat/IM & eMail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music & video downloads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys Games Contests Freebies </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What are the benefits? <ul><li>Getting/staying connected with friends/family </li></ul><ul><li>Expressing yourself & personal exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting new people; keeping in touch with old or occasional friends </li></ul><ul><li>Learning about technology without needing to be a “geek” </li></ul><ul><li>Diversion/down time </li></ul><ul><li>Social/political activism </li></ul>
  9. 9. What are the risks ? <ul><li>Privacy - Sharing too much info w/o understanding: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who potentially might see it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Losing control of it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How long it can potentially follow you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How it could be used now and in the future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-term digital footprint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blurring boundaries of friendship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cyberbullying – threats, inappropriate comments, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Viruses/malware – lots of little applications users can’t control and don’t understand </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate content – porn, adult language, </li></ul><ul><li>Addiction – Being “always on” has a personal price; lots of kids (and adults) have a hard time controlling the impulse </li></ul>
  10. 10. How connected are they? <ul><li>iPod Touch </li></ul><ul><li>DSi </li></ul><ul><li>Wii </li></ul><ul><li>XBox </li></ul><ul><li>Cellphone </li></ul><ul><li>Smartphone </li></ul><ul><li>Netbook </li></ul><ul><li>Gmail </li></ul><ul><li>Club Penguin </li></ul><ul><li>Webkinz </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Online games </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Meebo/AIM </li></ul>
  11. 11. Awareness… <ul><li>Many devices can go online, not just computers </li></ul><ul><li>“ Friends” vs. friends </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless in the neighborhood… Virtual trespassing </li></ul><ul><li>Most online accounts require kids to be 13 to create an account – iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, Gmail, game sites… </li></ul><ul><li>Internet history doesn’t “disappear” </li></ul><ul><li>What about webcams? </li></ul><ul><li>Deleting vs. deactivating & online archives </li></ul>
  12. 12. If you don’t have an account… Facebook wants you to use their service, so they let you see just enough as a non-user to want to become an active user.
  13. 13. A Visit to Facebook …
  14. 14. What should Privacy screens look like?
  15. 15. Final Thoughts A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety
  16. 16. Resources <ul><li>Common Sense Media http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>FBI – Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm </li></ul>

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