Internet AwarenessJune 4, 2013Presentation to the Oakridge PTA by JulieEsanu, Librarian, and Anne Terwilliger,Counselor
Agenda• What is Internet Awareness?• Parental Awareness• Developmental Stage of Children and the Internet• Social Media• Next Steps: Parents• Resources
Internet AwarenessInternet Awareness = Beinginformed and having theknowledge to use informationresources and tools responsiblyand ethically in a variety ofdigital settings.
Parental Awareness• What is the minimum age to create aGoogle email or Facebook account?• Does your child have a cell phone orsmartphone?• Has your child ever posted a picture ofthemselves or friend online?
Brain Development• Prefrontal Cortex – section of the brainthat weighs outcomes, forms judgmentsand controls impulses and emotions•Not completely developed until mid-20s• Nucleus Accumbens – area of the brainthat seeks pleasure and reward•Fairly well developed in teens
Social/EmotionalDevelopment•Relationship with peers increasinglyimportant•Parents no longer completeauthority (handle social situationswithout adult advice)•Begin to “flex” their independenceSources: Berk, L.E. (2009) Child development (8th ed). Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon; Santrock, J.W. (2008). A topical approach to life span development (4th ed). NewYork: McGraw-Hill; Thompson, C.L., Rudolph, L.B., & Henderson, D. (2004). Counseling children (6th ed). California: Brooks/Colehttp://science.howstuffworks.com/life/teenage-brain1.htm.
Use of Social MediaSource: Teens, Social Media and Privacy (Pew Internet & American Life Project, May 2013)
Next Steps: Parents• Realize that media plays a huge role in children’slives today• Talk openly with your children about their use ofmedia, including the Internet• Model positive online behaviors• Help your children set their privacy settings andremind them not to share their private information• Remind your child that his or her digital footprintlasts a long time• Keep a list of your child’s user names andpasswords• Supervise your child’s use of technology
Resources• Common Sense Media Family Tip Sheets:http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/educa• Just for You Parents—What You Need to Know:http://www.onguardonline.gov/features/feature-0002-fe• Netsmartz Parent Resources:http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents• Parents’ Guide to Social Networking Sites:http://www.ncpc.org/topics/internet-safety/social-netw