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Saturday, April 2, 2011

The pitfalls and promises of Facebook, social media, and kids.

Great article on social media and kids and schools at the Mindshift website*. Click here for the full article.

A couple of key excerpts:

“Parents have to give kids the opportunities to figure out what it means to be digital citizens.”

“We can’t fault kids for doing something wrong on Facebook or Twitter because we’re not teaching them.”

Ridgewood's Tony Orsini (BF Middle School Principal) and New Milford's Eric Sheninger (New Milford High School Principal) are both quoted in the story.

I found this to be a refreshing and thoughtful essay on digital citizenship and tech literacy -- without the fear-mongering and sensationalism we usually see in the mainstream media.

*I love the Mindshift site. It's presented by KQED, which is the NPR affiliate in San Francisco. According to the site, Mindshift is for anyone interested in the ways that "technology is revolutionizing the world of education – replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more."

Mindshift devotes an entire section of its website to children and social media, with lots more intriguing articles.

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