Monday, August 31, 2009

Online Safety 3.0- Empowering and Protecting Youth

Dean Shareski of Ideas and Thoughts shared his delicious link to Online Safety 3.0- Empowering and Protecting Youth.

All adults should read about Internet Safety 3.0 whether you are a parent, teacher, grandparent, or citizen of the world.

The internet is here to stay until the next better idea comes along.

In the meantime, we need to allow it to be used in a safe manner, NOT shut down and hidden away. Students need to know how to use it and how to use it properly. How to use it for their increased knowledge. It is the way these students of today and the future are going to learn. Why not make it a great learning experience for them? Let their proper use of the internet empower them. Students are using it on their own when they are OUT of school. Why not teach them in school how to be savvy internet users?

The article states:

Both the Internet and the way young people use technology are constantly changing, but Internet safety messages change very slowly if at all.

…To be relevant to young people, its intended beneficiaries, Net safety needs to respect youth agency, embrace the technologies they love, use social media in the instruction process, and address the positive reasons for safe use of social technology. It’s not safety from bad outcomes but safety for positive ones.

…Online Safety 3.0 enables youth enrichment and empowerment.

…We need to move on to Version 3.0 because…

1. We know more about youth risk online.
2. We know more about how youth use digital media.
3. Online safety needs to be seen in the context of participatory culture and democracy.

How can you, as a parent, teacher, administrator, or other responsible adult teach students of today the use of the internet to empower them?

Start to find out the answer by reading this article…NOW!

[As always, in my author quotes, the underlines, color changes, and bold type is mine, not the author’s!]

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