Unfortunately in our rush to respond to the horrific examples of online extortion, sexual exploitation and criminal harassment that a few have endured, we have raised awareness without balance.
Life online in the late-nineteen-nineties was fluid. I could be anyone, i could talk to anyone, argue any point of view. They called it the "information superhighway" then and I was working with 'street kids'. My frustration as a youth worker then was that the only people youth seemed to meet online were predators or or pedophiles. The people who care most about youth where NOT the early adopters of the Internet.
Amongst the sincere sentiments today will be some girls and boys who know that they have sent hurtful or untrue text or humiliated someone online or forwarded a personal message to the whole school or re-shared nude pictures of one of the girls in their school. They too will wear their pink shirts.
"Is digital technology the savior of education? Or is it the destroyer of education? Or is it both . . . and neither?" Interesting article by Mark Roberts
It is important to make sure that young people understand sexual harassment, and the harm it can cause.
This is a horse I don't think we've flogged enough yet, despite last week's post on the topic. It's very interesting how polarized people seem to be on this. Is digital learning inherently good or inherently evil?
Media Literacy Week is an annual event that takes place every November. Co-lead by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the week puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as a key component in the education of children and young people. SOLOS is proud to be a MediaSmarts collaborator.
Thanks to Nancy B. for sending me this article today about youth, education and social medias. It's interesting to see that despite the different abbreviations we use for our work,…
Guest blog post by Sofia Rasmussen As computer technology becomes more advanced and complex, consumer computers used by families have become increasingly user-friendly. It no longer takesan online doctorate to understand…
Today the Vancouver Sun featured an interview with Merlyn on the importance of teaching children how to be safe online and in online gaming environments.