“From the Frontline” – 2014 Holiday “Digital Devices” Edition
Digital Ethics and Internet Safety
News briefs for students, parents and professionals living, learning and teaching in the digital world
Happy Holidays everyone! This issue is devoted to parents and caregivers that work with young people who are getting digital devices for the holidays. There’s some good stuff for adults as well who may be taking the “plunge” and getting the latest, greatest smart device. Common Sense Media continues to be a valuable resource for the digital family. We’ll share some vital links for parents from this A++ resource. Privacy, games, tips and tagged for your holiday reading.
1. Parent Concerns Page @Common Sense Media – “Have a question or digital dilemma? Here you will find age-appropriate guidelines for your family plus videos and articles to help with the tough conversations”
2. 5 Hot Tech Toys for Kids in 2014 – “The best gifts of the season are smart choices you can feel good about giving.”
3. Cell Phone Parenting – Videos for parents of kids getting cellphones. Spanish versions included. This link includes the vast video database of content from Common Sense Media.
4. They Got The Device… Now What? – What age should my kids be before I let them use Instagram, Facebook, and other social media services? “13 is generally the age when kids start developing a broader understanding of the world around them and, along with that, a better sense of what’s appropriate to share online.”
5. Should I get my digital student a device? – “…writing here as a mother. Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well.”
6. Set Ground Rules for Digital Use in the Home – Translate: Don’t let them stay up all night on that thing” – “Vamping Teenagers Are Up All Night Texting”
7. Ten Most Violent Video Games of 2014 (and What to Play Instead) – They will want to play games. Monitor, mentor, steer them in the right direction.
8. Who’s Collecting Kids’ Personal Data? Lots of People – “Marketers are able to harvest youngsters’ data with ease — an ability parents and lawmakers are scrambling to undo.”
9. Connecting Families-CommonSenseMedia – “This free, year long program includes everything parent facilitators need to encourage their schools and communities to use connected technologies in ways that are both fun and safe.
-Cellphones for young children-Amaya’s Story – More from CommonSense Media:
10. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn – Tips On Protecting Your Digital Reputation [INFOGRAPHIC] – Parents, this one is for YOU. If you are diving deeper into social media and digital devices… you have a lot to lose if you aren’t “privacy and reputation damage” centric.
11. Tip Sheets – NetSmartz Workshop introduces you to these and other important Internet safety topics through tip sheets for children and their trusted adults. Use them to educate yourself and others in your community about the main online risks, to accompany NetSmartz Internet safety presentations, and to engage children in discussions about appropriate online behavior.
12. 10 Takeaways From Teens on Digital Media – It was empowering for these teens to be heard and validated, and more amazing still, that they were being held up as experts on how youth are using digital media, even though, as this teen explained, “It’s just what kids do.”
13. Tagged- A YouTube Movie- PG (middle schoolers and above) – “From CyberSmart, this video has a little age on it, but it’s a really good portrayal of the drama that can result from pictures, tagging and shareing online” Link also includes interview and follow up.
2 Reshares on the topic of buying a device…
14. If you are going to buy a cellphone for your youngster – “For safety and basic communication, first phones represent an important decision — they need to be safe, easy-to-use and reliable.”
15. Parents Guide to Mobile Phones in English and Spanish
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- Compiled by 36 year educator and Instructional Technology ResourceTeacher Joe Showker of Rockingham County Schools in Virginia.
- Instructional goodies at Joe’s blog: “The Technology Frontline- 21st Century classroom“
- Newsletter link:http://blogs.rockingham.k12.va.us/jshowker/frontline-news/frontline-holiday-2014/
- All articles linked in this newsletter come from the digital ethics pageDelicious.com
- Special thanks to all the professional services, contributors and authors that make this news compilation possible.