My guide to becoming (and raising) an educated, responsible Internet user.
|Scooped by Kaleigh Borushko|
In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users?
This semester, in Issues in Cyberspace we've examined a number of current topics ranging from cyberbullying, piracy, trolling, and safe social media behaviors to data mining and other components that consequently come with using the World Wide Web. With the Internet becoming a tool utilized around the clock by users of all ages, there are an astounding amount of consequences that can come from making just one mistaken keystroke. These resources that I've organized provide ways to avoid those mistakes, explore those that try to prey on unsuspecting Internet users, how to become a generally more educated Internet user, and more.
We've seen in Danah Boyd's article The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online that teenagers are large indication of growing trends, especially those online. With an estimated 95% of American teenagers being active Internet users, and spending a shockingly increased amount of time online, it is imperative that young people (and those that look after them) be educated on the risks affiliated with the Internet as well as how to protect themselves from falling victim to the threats associated with "being online."
Smartphones and laptop computers are now consider norms in our society, meaning that young people have more access and are more closely connected to the World Wide Web than ever. The resources I've compiled explain concepts such as data mining (in the form of an article a bit easier to read than Joel Stein's Data Mining: How Companies Know Everything About You) and trolling for those who aren't Internet savvy, tips for responsible Internet use, and other easily understandable links meant to not only inform, but to educate and promote raising young people into responsible Internet users. Some of these resources also include tips on how to responsibly use social media and the newly-developed video chat feature now available on most smartphones, and are meant to promote a better understanding of how to be a responsible Internet user. Some of these resources even go a step beyond simply explaining what not to do online, and offer suggestions as to what sites, games, music, movies, etc. are age appropriate for influential young people.
Several of the resources that I've included contain interactive quizzes in order to help Internet users measure their level of savvy in various components of "being online" which I've found to be fun as well as enlightening. I sought out resources that I best thought to appeal to parents and that seemed most relevant in the subject matter. I feel that after reviewing this compilation of resources, one could go from a completely oblivious to an incredibly educated, responsible Internet user.