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. This presentation was shared on July 28, 2006 at the Mid-America Technology Institute in Winfield, Kansas, sponsored by the Mid-America Association for Computers in Education.

Program Length: 54 min, 43 sec
File size: 13.2 MB

Podcast 28 July 2006(Click here to listen to this podcast)

Show notes for this podcast include:

  1. This presentation is available as a web-streamed video from KanEdLive. 
  2. This presentation is also available as an enhanced podcast.
  3. Resource links are included on the MTI 2006 Wiki page for this session
  4. This Week in Tech (TWiT) podcast
  5. This podcast was created with Ubercaster (now in beta for Macintosh)

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4 Responses to Podcast74: Safe Digital Social Networking

  1. […] We not only need our students to be engaging in safe digital social networking, we also need them appropriately instant messaging at school. We need kids to be blogging respectfully and safely at school, so they’ll be well-prepared for the digital communication challenges and opportunities they’ll face in life. Laptops should be disruptive of traditional education. This is why we desperately need to work on refining the VISION our educational leaders and other educational stakeholders have for what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Teaching and learning shouldn’t be what it used to be. Thanks to David Warlick for this article reference. […]

  2. […] My main editorial to add to this list concerns #8. There should be NO QUESTION about schools proactively addressing digital social networking at school with students, and with parents. Are we going to prepare kids for the real world, or bury our heads in the sand and pretend the non-blocked Internet sites outside the district’s content filter don’t exist at all? We MUST help kids learn to safely and effectively use digital social networking environments. They are using them now, they will continue to use them in the future, and without guideance (and even when it is provided, unfortunately) many will make poor choices in DSN environments. We must do what we can to prepare students for the real world outside of the classroom. […]

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  4. […] The question I did not ask this technology director at the time was, why do you block IM? This mindset not only facinates me, it also interests me as a topic of needed advocacy. As I have written and said before, we should rejoice that students want to communicate and interact with each other via digital means. Much of those communications now take a textual form. Have many of the administrators reflectively blocking all these sites and service ports been asked by a curriculum director whether or not the students are improving their skills of literate communication by instant messaging? I doubt it. […]

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