Group 1 (blue)TOPIC: When to start using social networks?Around 38% of 9-12 year old children have a profile on a social network.Most social networks do not allow registration for children younger than 13years, but some kids lie about their age.(source: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/EUKidsOnline/ShortSNS.pdf)Think about these points: Do children younger than 12 know enough about privacy and security? Do you agree that children under 12 should not use social networks? Why and why not? Should parents control younger children when they are using the computer? Imagine what a social network for younger children could look like!
Group 2 (green)TOPIC: Should parents control their children?32% of parents do not allow their children to use social networks. Around20% say that they control their children online. Almost half of parents saythat they do not control their children at all.(source: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/EUKidsOnline/ShortSNS.pdf)Think about these points: Is it good that parents know what social networks are and how to use them? Would you add your parents as friends on social networks? Why and why not? Would you share your password with your parents so they can check your activities online? Imagine you are a parent of a 13-year-old. Write some rules for him/her about using social networks.
Group 3 (red)TOPIC: Social networks in education„At New Milford High School in New Jersey, the school’s official Facebookpage keeps its 1,100 fans updated on sports events and academicachievements. Students who traveled to Europe this spring for a tour ofHolocaust sites blogged daily about their experiences, and receivedcomments from all over the world. Other students have used the video voiceservice Skype to talk to their peers in states like Iowa for school projects.“(Source: http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2010/06/16/03networking.h03.html)Think about these points: Should schools allow the use of social networks for education? Which ones? Why are some teachers still afraid to use social networks in schools? Do they think some networks might be too private to be used in school (Facebook)? Do you think some students may feel left out because they dont have Internets access at home and cant take part in school projects? Do you think social networks will replace schools? What will school of the future look like?
Group 4 (yellow)TOPIC: Comunication online, privacyBetween 50 and 75% of children know how to adjust their privacy settingson social networks. Many children have profiles open to public and theydont even know it.(source: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/EUKidsOnline/ShortSNS.pdf)Think about these points: Do you think its risky talking to strangers online? Do you believe it is necessary to adjust privacy settings? Why? Why do some children dont mind about privacy? Do you think social networks make us communicate with friends more? If you were talking to a stranger, when would you stop? What should you be cautious about?
Group 5 (pink)TOPIC: Getting addicted to social networksSome people using social networks cant live without them anymore. Theyuse them on their computer, their cellphones, tablets, at work and in school.Some people spend nights playing online games, even losing real money.Think about these points: Do you use social networks just for fun or for school as well? Do you think your friends would think you are strange or different if you didnt use social networks? What do you think could happen to someone who spends too much time online (think of good and bad things)? What activities would you suggest to someone you know who spends too much time on social networks?