Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Teens Tech Savvy, But Still Need Guidance


This article, posted by the School Library Journal, conveys some sobering statistics for educators and parents across the nation. We all know that kids are more “connected” today than ever – often more-so than adults!  Here’s what a recent survey has uncovered:

  • 8- to 10-year-olds are exposed to media for almost 8 hours a day.
  • 11- to 14-year-olds increast that exposure to media to almost 12 hours a day.
  • 64% of teens (aged 12 to 17 years) create online content, and almost half (47%) of those post images online in shared spaces (blogs, social networks, etc.).

Now more than ever it is VITAL that we teach kids about the concept of Digital Citizenship – or how to use digital media resources responsibly.  Kids are no longer simply members of a school or a town or even a nation.  We are all part of a global community, and we must recognize and reinforce the responsibilities inherent to being members of that global community as well.

Many thanks to Dawn Malcolm, Library/Media Specialist at District #205’s Churchill Junior High School, for the heads up on this stat-filled and timely article.

Image from http://www.libraryjournal.com/slj/articles/teens/856633-353/teens_tech_savvy_but_still.html.csp

Teens Tech Savvy, But Still Need Guidance

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