Monday, December 6, 2010

How Parents Can Help In the Digital Age

Thanks to Dr. Scott McLeod's blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, for the tip on this article.  Dr. McLeod is one of the co-creators of the original, viral, & now-famous Did You Know? Shift Happens video.  Though I personally find the original the most interesting and though-provoking, the video is now in its 4th iteration.

The New York Times recently published an article identifying the need for parental knowledge of and intervention in the cyber-lives of kids today.

As we all know, it's hard to keep up with our kids in the realm of technology today.  We all struggle when attempting to draw the line between allowing students the freedom to explore versus our ethical duty to keep kids safe.  It is, however, essential for every adult to stay in-touch with our children's online activities and offer an open avenue for real face-to-face communication should something unpleasant or unwanted happen to a child.  This article offers a candid look at how we can help kids deal with some of those online unpleasantries before they turn into real-life tragedies.

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