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5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety

5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Help keep your kids' online experiences positive and productive by learning the truth (and ignoring the rumors) about what really makes them safe.

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, June 9, 9:06 AM

I have to agree with Gwyneth Jones in that, "there is no safety, only awareness" when teaching kids digital literacy. These are some great myths that need to be understood so that we can better equip our kids to navigate both the real and virtual world effectively.  

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, June 9, 2:00 PM

Good information to also share with parents, especially about their child's digital footprint and how to keep it private.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, June 11, 9:30 AM

Learning about truths and  ignoring rumours  about internet safety for  children and young people.

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This newsletter contains links to apps, articles and issues that could be used to discuss digital citizenship, impact of technology on society and resources for Religious Education classes explored at Prendiville Catholic College, Australia. This page is an offshoot of Prendi eLearning http://www.scoop.it/t/prendi-elearning Follow me on Twitter at @prendielearning
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Why middle class are unplugging their kids | Naomi Schaefer Riley | NY Post

Why middle class are unplugging their kids | Naomi Schaefer Riley | NY Post | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

New York plans to build one the largest municipal Wi-Fi networks in the world, delivering Internet access to poorer areas and, Mayor de Blasio boasts, “bridging the digital divide.”

Setting aside how serious that gap really is — every fifth-grader I see, no matter what neighborhood they live in, has a smartphone — is this really the divide we should be worried about?

One of the most frequently passed around articles in the mommy blogosphere these days reveals Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use the iPad. Writing in The New York Times earlier this fall, reporter Nick Bilton recalled asking Jobs when the device first came out: “So, your kids must love the iPad?”

“They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Jobs’ reply left the reporter in “dumbfounded silence.”

Bilton, who went on to interview other tech gurus and received similar answers, should not have been surprised at all. It’s not merely people in Silicon Valley, who as former editor of Wired magazine put it, have “seen the dangers of technology firsthand.” It’s every middle- and upper-class parent walking around with an iPhone.

We are all well aware of the effects of too much screen time on our own ability to concentrate and our social interactions. And we don’t want that for our kids.

A few years ago a friend who was a new parent told me that he never bought his kids anything that required a battery. He told the children’s grandparents to do the same thing. Having your kid press a button over and over again was not his idea of educational play.

Go into any upscale toy store, and you’ll find it littered with wooden blocks, Melissa & Doug pretend food and some simple costumes. The toys intended to teach science or math are not LeapPads, but microscopes and abacuses.


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very interesting article about limiting technology use at home. 

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Roger Smith's curator insight, December 8, 4:54 PM

Attention span and the real world are still very important to children.  The new campaign in Australia about getting kids outside should be embraced.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 16, 9:39 PM

If the tech gurus limit their children's use of digital technologies, why are others not?

 

@ivon_ehd1

 

Wayne Strydom's curator insight, December 17, 3:01 AM

You may think that I am changing tack here when I am advocating an article for less screen time, but I do think that children don't need to be spending every waking moment using tech.

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25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity

25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

"iPad use in formal learning environments, by all accounts, is soaring. Due to the almost magical ways it promotes interaction, that makes sense. But when learners are using the iPad, what are they doing? What exactly?"


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In the iPad Era Digital Literacy is More Important Than Ever

In the iPad Era Digital Literacy is More Important Than Ever | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
As students become reliant on mobile technology for their education we have a responsibility as educators to enable them to make informed de

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Hard Lesson in Sleep for Teenagers

Hard Lesson in Sleep for Teenagers | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

Researchers report that the average adolescent needs eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep each night. But in a poll taken in 2006 by the National Sleep Foundation, less than 20 percent reported getting that much rest on school nights.Adolescents who do not receive adequate rest have trouble keeping up in the classroom and are more vulnerable to other health problems. And catching up on sleep on the weekend won’t help.


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"Researchers report that the average adolescent needs eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep each night. But in a poll taken in 2006 by the National Sleep Foundation, less than 20 percent reported getting that much rest on school nights."

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ruthschapira's curator insight, October 21, 9:51 AM

This study reinforces the notion that sleep should not be negotiable between teens and parents. If parents need reasons for reinforcing reasonable bed times, this article provides an overwhelming amount.

Alexandria Fiori's curator insight, October 22, 7:46 PM

A quote that I liked from this blog was, “Sleep is not optional. It’s a health imperative, like eating, breathing and physical activity,” Dr. Judith A. Owens



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6 Days and 78 Resources for Digital Literacy Internet Safety

6 Days and 78 Resources for Digital Literacy Internet Safety | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

"Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship are important topics ... it is so integral to what our kids do while they are at school.  Whether or not you have a 1:1 program, these are topics that shouldn’t be overlooked!  Don’t assume that because your students are fairly savvy when it comes to learning technology, that they will automatically pick up on digital literacy...it is essential that parents learn about digital literacy so that they can echo and enforce good technology use at home"


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This is an excellent collection of resources, split into age groups and a suggested order of activities. It is an American site, but I like how they have picked up on the cybersmart resource put out by the Australian Government. I would add another one to the list: the resources made by CommonSense Media. These are great too, and Prendiville's digital citizenship unit is based on them. 

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, September 20, 2013 2:21 PM

Motherloade of information. sometimes sites like these also serve us well as sub plans too.

Kat Zimmermann's curator insight, July 23, 10:20 AM

This is an entire lesson plan for a school community that has BYOD.  It would be useful (and slightly overwhelming) for educators and parents to look through to have a better grasp on how to support their students.

David Cook's curator insight, August 7, 10:26 PM

Looks better for K - 8 teachers than high school (myself).  I do like the week plan of 5 days of focus on digital literacy!

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How 13-Year-Olds Really Use Snapchat

How 13-Year-Olds Really Use Snapchat | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
Snapchat gives teens a way to send messages without fearing their parents will ever see it. That's the best and worst part about it.

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This is a very interesting read! What are kids using Snapchat for? It is certainly being used heavily at our school. Article is written by a 13 year old. 

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EdTechSandyK's curator insight, June 29, 12:43 PM

Written by an 8th grader. Very insightful!

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The Truth About Parenting And Smartphones

The Truth About Parenting And Smartphones | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
Recently, journalists and researchers have been blaming smartphones for bad parenting. They want us to put down our devices and focus on our children. But they’ve got it all wrong. It is no wonder that anxiety plagues the modern human. We seem hopelessly confused. We love our tools; we can’t stop [...]

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Neil Krasnoff's curator insight, October 8, 1:05 PM

I like this balanced and reflective piece that places a priority on the teaching of values, as opposed to the mentality of fear and banishment.

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New Poster on How to Cite Digital Images ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Poster on How to Cite Digital Images ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

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This is Americanised, but the concept is right. You can search for public domain and Creative Commons images on Google now, and ensure you know where the material comes from. Links are much better than downloads when it comes to avoiding copyright issues. 

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How Teens Are Really Using Social Media

How Teens Are Really Using Social Media | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much. Leveraging these popular social media tools in the classroom is a no-brainer: everything from Twitter and Facebook all the …
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Some interesting stats:

95% of teens (12-17) use the internet81% use social media (compared with 72% of internet users overall)50% log into social media more than once per day21% of kids under 13 use social media sites26% of kids under 13 have a YouTube accountIn a survey of girls aged 6-12 33% said they were saving their money to buy new technology20% said they were saving for a smartphone48% said that they have a cellphone51% of those said that they have a smartphone
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A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work

A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

A growing workplace health trend is moving to classrooms: More schools are adding standing desks as a tool to increase alertness and combat childhood obesity.

In 2012, more than one-third of children are overweight or obese - clearly we need to try something!

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The saying "sitting is the new smoking" is gaining traction in workplaces, so it is not surprising that this is now moving to schools. It might help some students concentrate more: I try and get students standing around lab benches when doing experiments to keep brains active, but I wonder how it would go if they stood all day? I think more studies might need to be done. 

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Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
 One company and its algorithms are changing the way America's schools handle classroom ethics.

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This is an American article, but it does pose an interesting question about pitting teachers and students against each other using a service like Turnitin. If students are taught how not to plagiarise, this becomes far less of an issue. I think Turnitin and other similar software is definitely needed, but should be used like a scalpel, not a hammer!

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Social Networks | StaySafeOnline.org

Social Networks | StaySafeOnline.org | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it


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A resource with lots of ideas for protecting against identity theft, cyberbullying and fraud online. 

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, July 29, 6:58 PM

Good advice about protecting your online identity and keeping safe online

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11 ways to stay SAFE online when you’re traveling

11 ways to stay SAFE online when you’re traveling | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

If you bring your phone, tablet or laptop with you when you travel, there’s one thing to keep in mind: public WiFi networks are public.

“That open Wi-Fi connection opens the door for hackers,” writes NPR’s Steve Henn. “They can get in the middle of transactions between, say, you and your bank.”

 

Because you’re sharing the network with strangers, there’s the risk that someone is using readily available software that snoops on what you’re doing.

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/dangers-of-wifi-in-public-places/

 


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If you bring your phone, tablet or laptop with you when you travel, there’s one thing to keep in mind: public WiFi networks are public.

“That open Wi-Fi connection opens the door for hackers,” writes NPR’s Steve Henn. “They can get in the middle of transactions between, say, you and your bank.”

 

Because you’re sharing the network with strangers, there’s the risk that someone is using readily available software that snoops on what you’re doing.

 
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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 7, 7:18 PM

If you bring your phone, tablet or laptop with you when you travel, there’s one thing to keep in mind: public WiFi networks are public.

“That open Wi-Fi connection opens the door for hackers,” writes NPR’s Steve Henn. “They can get in the middle of transactions between, say, you and your bank.”


Because you’re sharing the network with strangers, there’s the risk that someone is using readily available software that snoops on what you’re doing.


Learn more:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/dangers-of-wifi-in-public-places/



SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 8, 7:23 AM

Really useful information to remember when you are travelling and using free wifi. Take care that you understand what you are using and stay safe.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 8, 7:33 AM

VPN's are becoming more commonplace. It's an excellent way to stay safe.

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15 Top Resources On Digital Citizenship | Edudemic

15 Top Resources On Digital Citizenship | Edudemic | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

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What is Social Learning & How Can It Help You?

What is Social Learning & How Can It Help You? | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory indicates that people learn from one another. They accomplish this through techniques such as observation and modeling.

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This article explains the benefits of social learning - this can be applied to both teachers and students. We are naturally primed to want to learn from each other. 

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Tinder, the Dating Site for 13 year olds

 is thBrett Lee offers advice to parents regardingthe inherent dangers of online dating app Tinder.

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'This is the perfect environment for the online sex offender' A girl died after meeting a man on Tinder and it is a serious danger to children. Parents and teachers are encouraged to talk about the use of this app as it posts GPS location and images of people close to you. There is no way of knowing who they truly are. 

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Google Digital Literacy Tour — iKeepSafe

Google Digital Literacy Tour — iKeepSafe | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

Google Digital Literacy Tour

iKeepSafe is dedicated to the education of families on how to stay safe online. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Google to develop curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.

The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. Each workshop contains a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation.


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Moral Character Matters | Social Media | Education

Moral Character Matters | Social Media | Education | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Character

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics

 


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There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.
 Developing moral character is something we need to address in schools - and it becomes more pertinent through the lens of social media interactions. 
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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 21, 10:56 AM
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Character


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 11:59 AM

Character matters. That is challenging in the digital age. How do we know the person who is posting?

 

@ivon_ehd1

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What Employers Want to See When They Google You

What Employers Want to See When They Google You | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
You already know employers will Google the heck out of all potential candidates. So what do you really want them to see?

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When employers search online, they want your digital presence to give them more than a person free of red flags. Employers want to get a sense of – buzzword warning – your authentic self.

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How To Become A Better Online Researcher

How To Become A Better Online Researcher | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
When we ‘research’ things now, we generally aren’t referring to spending time in a library – or even referring to spending time online accessing specific library or school research databases. The word ‘research’ largely refers to the act of typing words into your internet search bar and seeing what the Wise Old Web tells you. …

 

===> Hopefully you know this already, but a reminder never hurts: Give credit where credit is due. <===

 


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===> Hopefully you know this already, but a reminder never hurts: Give credit where credit is due. <===


Chris Carter's comment, August 28, 8:57 PM
This skill is so essential, especially for overseas schools like mine (Concordia International School Shanghai). Thank you for making me aware of this piece.
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Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
Using social media in schools doesn't have to be scary, says Matt Britland. Here, he shares his tips for managing school accounts and some examples good practice

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A short guide with some ideas to keep in mind when using social media - that doe not just apply in the classroom.
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Do You Need a Social Media Detox? | Edudemic

Do You Need a Social Media Detox? | Edudemic | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
We all know that social media can be a great tool for teachers, both in the classroom and for professional development purposes. Here at Edudemic, we encourage you to do things like use Twitter to build your PLN, connect with other educators on Facebook, pin great ideas on Pinterest, and more. But just as we …
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I take a detox during the holidays for at least a week to turn my brain off - sometimes it feels like there are a million tabs open in my head. This is now gaining traction as we are finding social media creeping in to everything - yes, it did actually happen even is no one Instagrammed it.

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A Digital Citizenship Survival Kit

A Digital Citizenship Survival Kit | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

is i"It’s a simple little prop I use when teaching Digital Citizenship to our pK-12 Aurora Huskies students, but I think it sends a powerful message. I love utilizing props to try to get my point across to students and thought that creating a kit full of props would be a great way to reinforce a very important topic in our schools."

 


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This is a great idea - a kit of props to help the message sink in! Some of the props used are: 

 

- a padlock: to symbolise keeping data safe - who will you unlock your life and details to?

- a tube of toothpaste: like what you post online, once it is out it is almost impossible to out it all back in the tube!

- a permanent marker: everything that you put online is permanent—even if you hit the delete button after posting. 

 

Maybe you have a few other suggestions that might be useful to add to a survival toolkit!

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Philip Finlay-Bryan's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:07 AM

Not just for kids, lessons and reminders for us all

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:33 PM

Awesome! Love the "props" teachers can use when teaching digital citizenship! 

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:12 PM

This is a FANTASTIC IDEA!! So Clever!!

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How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint

How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it

Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful  - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing online, but don’t remember exactly where…). But what happens when you need to delete your digital footprint (or more likely, a part of your digital footprint)? 


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, July 29, 6:18 PM

I've considered protecting my digital footprint but never actually deleting it. In fact, many times we act as architects in building a positive online presence. 

 

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Watch Dogs - Digital Shadow

Watch Dogs - Digital Shadow | Prendi Digital Citizenship, Social Issues and RE | Scoop.it
They know who I am. Access your #DigitalShadow
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You must check this out. 

Watch as this program finds everything that anyone knows about you on the Internet and prepare for a fright. I got one for sure. 

Great tool for students to do as part of a Digital Citizenship course!

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