We are moving from an emphasis on ‘safety’ towards an emphasis on ‘digital citizenship’; citizenship as idealised by the ancient Greeks, where obligations to the community were seen as a source of honour and respect. This view of citizenry empowers its participants to be an ever-present, positive force.
For the ACMA, positive engagement is at the heart of digital citizenship, and similarly this is one of the core philosophies underpinning Alannah and Madeline’s, eSmart framework. Without positive engagement in a whole-of-society, behaviour-change approach, we are merely left with rules to follow, lines not to cross, and empty good intentions.
A culture embedded with positive values and high levels of engagement is inspiring. It will naturally foster conscious and informed decision-making (‘Choose Consciously’) and healthy appetites for finding out more about the world (‘Know your online world’).
This is an interesting change that acknowledges the need for our children to know how to navigate and contribute positively to the online world. Read the whole post here.
Andy Phippen, professor of social responsibility at Plymouth University, said sexting – where schoolchildren are encouraged to take explicit photographs of themselves and send to other pupils – was a problem in most schools, despite the study revealing that 89% of parents believe their child has not been touched by cyberbullying or sexting.
“There is a disconnect between how safe parents think they can keep their children online and their actual ability to do that,” Phippen said. “Those conversations are not being had – we have a hell of a long way to go on internet safety. In schools we hear teachers unwilling to talk to teenagers about sexual images because they worry about their jobs, schools unwilling to record instances of cyberbulling because they are worried about their Ofsted reports.”
These statistics are of grave concern and demand us all to delve deeper into the way our children are using the internet. Read the whole blog post here.
Last week, Mashable published this post on the waning appeal of Facebook by a New York teenager.
Now, when we are old enough to get Facebook, we don’t want it. By the time we could have Facebooks, we were already obsessed with Instagram. Facebook was just this thing all our parents seemed to have.
Let’s say I get invited to a party, and there’s underage drinking. I’m not drinking, but someone pulls out a camera. Even if I’m not carrying a red Solo cup, I could be photographed behind a girl doing shots. Later that week, the dumb-dumb decides to post photos from that “amazing” party. If my mom saw I was at a party with drinking, even if I wasn’t participating, I’d be dead. This isn’t Facebook’s fault, but it happens there.
Facebook is also a big source of bullying in middle school. Kids might comment something mean on a photo of you, or message you mean things. This isn’t Facebook’s fault, but again, it does happen there. If my mom heard I was getting bullied on Facebook, she would tell me to quit right away.
An interesting insight into teenagers’ thoughts about social media. Read the whole post here.
The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’, from CEOP, is a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent. The show covers topics such as, talking to your child about the technologies they use and the things they might see, such as pornography.
The Sunday Age has reported on two 12 year old girls who have social media accounts, but are well aware of the pitfalls they can face:
”Basically, I don’t post anything that I don’t want my parents to see,” said Georgia, who admitted her parents check her Skype, Instagram and Kick about once a month.
Eve, who uses Skype and iMessage, says her parents trust her not to accept requests from strangers. And the information she posts online is unlikely to reveal too much about her private life. ”It’s really important not to give too much information about yourself away.”
91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.
71% post their school name, up from 49%.
71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.
53% post their email address, up from 29%.
20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%.
In addition to the trend questions, we also asked five new questions about the profile teens use most often and found that among teen social media users:
92% post their real name to the profile they use most often.2
84% post their interests, such as movies, music, or books they like.
82% post their birth date.
62% post their relationship status.
24% post videos of themselves.
What Couros questions is the push from some schools and parents for students to remain anonymous on the net. As this is obviously not happening, Couros suggests that perhaps we should be teaching our young adults (and children) to post appropriately. A good digital footprint will soon replace a curriculum vitae (if that’s not already the case).
This useful infographic was developed by Know the Net, a UK site that
is an impartial website that helps individuals, families and businesses get the most out of the internet. It is funded by Nominet– the not-for-profit organisation – as part of its commitment to making the internet a more trusted space for everyone who uses it.
We aim to offer some of the most reliable and accessible, impartial advice to help you make the most of the internet and keep you, your family, and your business (if you have one), stay safe and secure online.
developed in partnership with Andrew Fuller, (clinical psychologist and student wellbeing specialist), has been developed to help parents understand, recognise and manage bullying and cyberbullying behaviours.
The cybersafety and social media module
developed in partnership with Susan McLean (cybersafety expert), has been developed to help parents address standards of behaviour in the context of cybersafety and social media.