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Digital life

  1. 1. Digital Life <ul><li>Or -- When Did The World We're Raising Our Kids In Become Not the One We Were Raised In? </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Bob Irving, Middle School Technology Coordinator, Lancaster Country Day School </li></ul><ul><li>January 26, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Version 1.0 </li></ul>
  2. 2. The World in Which We Live <ul><li>Always on </li></ul><ul><li>Always connected </li></ul><ul><li>Media rich </li></ul><ul><li>Socially networked – Facebook is the 3 rd largest country in the world, with over 600,000,000 members </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile – the phone is the computer </li></ul><ul><li>12,000,000,000 text messages sent every day; 5,000,000,000 cell users worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>R-rated </li></ul>
  3. 3. How does this affect us as parents? <ul><li>Moved those “conversations” with our kids up several years! </li></ul><ul><li>Has made it impossible to use the Amish model </li></ul><ul><li>It requires us to be better educated about this new world </li></ul><ul><li>Requires more diligence </li></ul>
  4. 4. Technology problems? <ul><li>We make a mistake if we consider these issues as technology problems </li></ul><ul><li>That gives us the false hope that there are technology solutions to these problems </li></ul><ul><li>NOTHING is foolproof. Any reasonably tech-savvy young person can find a way to get around anything </li></ul>
  5. 5. Topics to briefly consider <ul><li>Cell phone usage – how much, when, what kind </li></ul><ul><li>Texting/sexting </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cell phone usage <ul><li>Why do your kids need one? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worst possible reason – “All their friends have one” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second worst – “So I can keep in touch with them every second of the day”, called “tethering” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What kind do they need, if you decide they need one? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My suggestion is the least possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They don’t need the iPhone 4 unlimited text/phone/data plan “just in case of an emergency” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Parental controls on phones <ul><li>All the major carriers have plans for this, usually @ about $5 per line per month </li></ul><ul><li>Link to my article on MyLCDS </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on carrier, you can limit number of hours, texts, times… </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on age, probably a good idea for the parents to have the phone overnight </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s paying for this, anyway? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Texting/Sexting <ul><li>Set parental controls for limits on texting, both in terms of # and hours available </li></ul><ul><li>Sexting – what is the principle here? Needs to be discussed in the context of your family’s values </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal ramifications – people under 18 who have sexted have been charged with distribution of child pornography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to do if your child is the recipient of unwanted emails, pictures, etc? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What would you do if something happened like this that didn’t involve computers or phones? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Social Networking <ul><li>Facebook would be the 3 rd largest country in the world – over 600,000,000 members </li></ul><ul><li>A fact of life – the current normal way for teens to communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Email is passe </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy is a concept they don’t readily understand </li></ul>
  10. 10. How to use Facebook <ul><li>You must be 13. It’s easy to lie and get around it, but there could be legal ramifications </li></ul><ul><li>Understand nature of digital data – it never goes away – pictures, movies, can be downloaded and redistributed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wayback Machine – you can search for websites in the past. It’s archived at www.archive.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand privacy settings. Sit down with your child and go over them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constantly changing so you need to have current info </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have your own account. It’s fun! </li></ul>
  11. 11. This is going on your permanent record… <ul><li>In my day, an empty threat </li></ul><ul><li>Today, a reality </li></ul><ul><li>They need to learn how to manage their “digital footprint”. They’re in charge </li></ul><ul><li>Things that seem trivial or fun or “rebellious” could send a red flag to future employers, college admissions officers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Bullying <ul><li>“ Cyberbullying” – not sure this is a helpful term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If people spread lies about others via phone calls, is it “phone bullying”? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If they do it via notes passed in class, is it “pencil bullying”? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bullying is a real problem, but putting “cyber” in front of it removes the human factor and makes it a technology problem. It isn’t. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>My current favorite – www.commonsensemedia.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Their mission – “Improving kids’ lives in a 24/7 media & technology world” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age-appropriate advice for parents, reviews of games, websites, books, TV, movies, apps, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They do seem to follow their name – common sense. Not alarmist or reactionary, but also aware of pitfalls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wired Safety -- http:// www.wiredsafety.org/parent.html </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A good jumpstation </li></ul></ul>

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