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.