Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Contentions, research, and proactive strategies for digital citizenship

I am co-presenting a session Monday, November 10th at the 10th annual Oklahoma Safe and Healthy Schools conference here in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the Clarion Meridian Conference Center with attorney Julie Miller. Our session is titled “Internet Safety, Social Networking and the Oklahoma School Security Act.” Presentation slides for my portion of our session (licensed Creative Commons Attribution-Only) are available as a PDF file. (16.8 MB) A more descriptive title for my portion of this session would be “Contentions, research, and proactive strategies for digital citizenship.”

I have linked these presentation slides from both my main handouts page on my blog and my wiki curriculum page (which includes extensive links) titled “Safe Digital Social Networking (DSN) -or- Proactive Approaches to Address Cyberbullying and Digital Social Networking.”

In this session, among others, I’ll be extending the analogy that social and educational digital networking is a lot like swimming. We’re going to have to get in the pool with our kids and get wet if we’re going to help them learn to safely and deftly navigate the opportunities as well as risks in this new digital environment.

kids having fun swimming

Some of the updated reports and resources I’ll be referencing in this session which I have not included in previous presentations on this topic include:

  1. McAfee, Inc. Research Reveals Mothers Rate Cyber Dangers as High as Drunk Driving or Experimenting With Drugs (22 Oct 2008)
  2. Examples of social networking power and influence in the 2008 elections (Obama campaign YouTube site, Liberal Dems Top Conservative Reps in Donations, Activism article from 23 Oct 2008)
  3. Website – an aggregator for individual’s digital footprints
  4. Students Competing For Slots At Elite Colleges Resorting To “Facebook Sabotage” (23 Oct 2008) – nod to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach for this link
  5. Bullying of teenagers online is common, UCLA psychologists report (2 Oct 2008)
  6. Schools soon required to teach web safety (13 Oct 2008 from eSchoolNews)
  7. IBM Social Computing Guidelines (schools need to have guidelines like these)
  8. The E-Discovery Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure And School District IT (Document Retention Systems) (1 Oct 2008 from the EdJurist blog)

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2 responses to “Contentions, research, and proactive strategies for digital citizenship”

  1. jamie camp Avatar

    Thank you for this resource, Wes! In our district, it is the librarians who have been tasked with organizing and implementing an Internet Safety program for teachers and students. Just last week, as I was reworking and rewriting some of my lessons for my elementary students, I changed the phrase Internet Safety to Digital Citizenship–then this morning I saw your blog post and presentation, and I feel like I’ on the right track. I’m sure that you and other people in my online network pushed me to think about that change, and it just seems to be such a better, less inflammatory title for the program. It’s a change in the focus that is appropriate and necessary.

    Thanks for this resource!

  2. Benjamin Wright Avatar

    Wes: A principle of the Age of e-Discovery is this: Government (including a school district) is wise to organize itself and its records so it can swiftly and efficiently respond to freedom-of-information-act requests. Resistance to such requests is wasteful and makes government look out-of-touch. –Ben