Safety on the Internet may not be something parents think about until either disaster happens to their child or they hear about something happening to some other family.Cyberbullying is part of the equation but not all of it. This happens on some social sites when others decide to bully children but can also occur in the form of IM, or instant messages, or other forms. Unlike face to face bullying, this kind of abuse can be replicated and spread over a much wider audience than ever before. Instead of one or two people witnessing a childs humiliation, an entire community can see it. Parents may not know enough about how to remedy the situation let alone prevent it.
True geeks are comfortable with a wide range of technologies, and they are constant learners in order to keep up with changes in technology – and use them. Being a digital native is not about age, but about technological comfort and usage.
When police released Madeleine Pulver from her 10-hour ordeal on August 3, locked to a device she believed to be a bomb, all they had were her description of a masked man, an email address and a USB stick. But in the modern technological world, these are powerful clues. Digital fingerprints are indelible, more revealing than any physical residue.
The more I work with educators, the more I worry about the learning opportunities we are creating for our students. Of course, I am generalising here, but nevertheless, I remain perplexed by the idea that teachers feel they are too “time poor” to learn something new each day. Yet teachers expect their students to ‘go forth’ and find new information, learn new ways of approaching a topic, write another essay, fill another wiki, write another blog post, make another movie, sit another exam…..you know, it’s endless. So students should stick at it…but not teachers?
..."That's not to say that I think being online is simple and without consequences; it's not. Fortunately both B and I are well versed in social media and have already discussed the most important aspects to keep our kids safe. Kids can be online, safe, and retain their privacy relatively easily if you follow a few basic precautions".
As Google+ tries to compete with Facebook and Twitter, the prospect of social-media fatigue becomes a real possibility -- and some argue that we are spending so much time amusing ourselves on these services we don't have time for the real world.
See the full gallery on Posterous The result of my thesis project is a Mobile Learning Toolkit that is designed to empower trainers in Africa and other developing contexts to integrate mobile learning into their teaching.
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