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Understanding Digital Kids

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Understanding Digital Kids

  1. 1. Social Networking 101 & Understanding Your Kids’ Lives Online 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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><li>iTunes/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>iTunes/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>Texting </li></ul><ul><li>IM (instant messaging) </li></ul><ul><li>Chat rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-player games </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Video chatting </li></ul><ul><li>Video sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Photo sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Music sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking </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>Status updates – what are you doing this very minute? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Feeds” from friends and other sites – news, updates, etc </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wall” or bulletin board posts from “Friends” </li></ul><ul><li>Links to interests – music, celebrities, sports, schools, careers… </li></ul><ul><li>Links to “friends” and their activities </li></ul><ul><li>Photo sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Other options… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat/IM & eMail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music downloads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games </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 information and not 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>Blurring boundaries of friendship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Viruses/worms – lots of little applications users can’t control and don’t understand </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. 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.
  11. 11. What should Privacy screens look like?
  12. 12. A Visit to Facebook …
  13. 13. Final Thoughts Video: How to talk to your kids about Internet Safety

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