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Safe Digital Social Networking

Presented by Wesley Fryer: www.speedofcreativity.org

Session Description:

Generally adults help young people learn to drive safely before giving them car keys and turning them loose on the streets of the world. Young people also need guidance and adult assistance to learn how to safely navigate the virtual environments of the 21st Century. Schools must be proactive, rather than merely defensive, in helping students acquire the skills of digital citizenship needed today and in the future. Simply banning read/write web tools on school networks is an inadequate response: Educators must strive to learn alongside students and parents how these technologies can be safely and powerfully used to communicate and collaborate.


Enhanced and audio-only (mp3) podcasts of this session will be subsequently posted on Wesley's blog Moving at the Speed of Creativity, and a video version will also be available on Kan-Ed Live!


Websites and resources referenced in the presentation:

  1. Presentation slides (PDF - 7.4 MB) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.
  2. Creative Commons
  3. Flickr Creative Commons Image Search
  4. Bloggers: A portrait of the internet’s new storytellers (PDF) - PEW Internet and American Life Report 19 July 2006
  5. Blog of Maine teacher Cheryl Oakes
  6. Think.com - A free DSN service for schools from the Oracle Foundation
  7. Wesley's InternetSafety social bookmarks
  8. Wesley's InternetSafety blog posts
  9. iSafe.org


Proposed questions for the videoconference with Cheryl Oakes

  1. How have you addressed the issues of internet safety and think.com with students and parents?
  2. What positive effects of students using think.com have you seen among your elementary students?
  3. What about inappropriate posts or cyberbullying?
  4. How many other teachers are involved, and is this connectted to student use?
  5. International student connections?
  6. Disciplinary actions?
  7. Copyright issues?


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