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Parenting the Net Generation - Preview Version


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Designed for community leaders, Parenting the Net Generation addresses family interests and concerns on issues that arise when young people go online. The workshop touches briefly on many key Internet issues including safety, privacy, marketing, ethics and cyberbullying, and evaluation of online information.

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Parenting the Net Generation - Preview Version

  1. 2. Vision: To ensure children and youth possess the necessary critical thinking skills and tools to understand and actively engage with media
  2. 3. Parenting the Net Generation Presentation <ul><li>Kids’ Online Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Online Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility of Online Information </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for Safe, Wise and Responsible Use </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Kids need to bring critical thinking to all information, including: television, movies, video games, music, magazines, advertising and the Internet </li></ul>What is media education and why do y oung people need it?
  4. 5. Young Canadians are a highly-connected generation: <ul><li>half of teens have computers in their bedrooms </li></ul><ul><li>tweens use the Internet for two hours daily </li></ul><ul><li>teens use it for three hours </li></ul><ul><li>one-third of youth play games online </li></ul><ul><li>two-thirds of girls use the Internet primarily for socializing </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Internet is not another world – it’s just another space where kids live their daily lives Today’s wired kid is a social one, connecting with friends and making new ones Kids who spend more time online are more confident about their social abilities
  6. 7. <ul><li>Friends are always accessible through e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, chat rooms and cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is equal on the Internet: children who are shy can develop relationships with peers online </li></ul><ul><li>Online communities encourage the development of real-world social skills and values </li></ul>Safety Issues
  7. 9. <ul><li>Most IM software allows kids to block people they don’t know </li></ul><ul><li>Review contact lists for strangers </li></ul><ul><li>Use the “Keep a history of my conversations” option </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Webcams often come built in to computers </li></ul><ul><li>Stand-alone webcams can cost as little as $20 </li></ul><ul><li>Skype allows users to call any other Skype user in the world for free </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Keep webcams out of kids’ rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Kids should: </li></ul><ul><li>close the lens cap or turn camera off when not in use </li></ul><ul><li>never use a webcam with strangers </li></ul><ul><li>never do anything they wouldn’t want the entire world to see </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>45% of teens say a cell phone is essential to their daily lives </li></ul><ul><li>42% say they can write text messages blindfolded </li></ul><ul><li>40% say they would die without their cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>20% say they have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves (“sexting”) </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>59% of kids pretend to be someone else online </li></ul><ul><li>28% do so because they want to see what it would be like to be older </li></ul><ul><li>23% want to flirt with older people </li></ul>Kids use the Internet to experiment with their identity:
  12. 14. Creating Identities on Social Networking Sites
  13. 16. <ul><li>On sites like MySpace, status comes from having thousands of “friends” view your profile </li></ul>
  14. 20. Virtual Worlds
  15. 21. <ul><li>online predators rarely misrepresent their age or their motives </li></ul><ul><li>youth, 13-15, involved in risky behaviours (talking with strangers, flirting, posting intimate information) are most at risk </li></ul><ul><li>majority of solicitations received from other youth (under 21) </li></ul>Research on online predation shows:
  16. 22. Impact of cyberbullying can be more devastating than real-world bullying: <ul><li>the person often doesn’t know who is bullying them </li></ul><ul><li>many people can covertly witness and join in the bullying </li></ul>
  17. 23. <ul><li>half of students report being bullied online (University of Toronto, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>reasons for being harassed online include physical appearance, ability and/or sexual orientation (Shariff, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>81% report that cyberbullying has become worse since the previous year (Shariff, 2008) </li></ul>Prevalence of cyberbullying among students:
  18. 24. “ Technology doesn’t provide tangible feedback about the consequences of actions on others.” (Willard, 2000) <ul><li>The lack of non-verbal visual cues makes it difficult to gauge how actions are being received by others </li></ul><ul><li>Building empathy is key to promoting pro-social behaviours in youth </li></ul>
  19. 25. “ Technology allows us to be invisible or anonymous.” (Willard, 2000) <ul><li>If a person can’t be identified with an action, then feelings of accountability are diminished </li></ul><ul><li>68 % of students in Grades 6 and 7 who have been cyberbullied know the identity of the perpetrator (University of Toronto, 2008) </li></ul>
  20. 26. © 2009 Media Awareness Network For more information on licensing the full workshop contact: Media Awareness Network 1-800-896-3342 [email_address] This workshop preview has been produced by