Teens Tech Savvy, But Still Need Guidance

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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.

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Teens Tech Savvy, But Still Need Guidance

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