Archive | June, 2010

Cross-Generational Dialogue on the Ethics of Digital Life: Critical need for communication

30. June 2010

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We often hear that parents, educators, and other adults are frequently frustrated, and often intimidated, about how best to communicate with young people about their online lives.  We know that sometimes it feels as if young people are living on their own cyber island which adults are unable to access.  We struggle with how to bridge [...]

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Digital Citizenship Curriculum: Official Launch by Common Sense Media

29. June 2010

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UPDATE: Following on from our earlier blog about Common Sense Media’s digital citizenship curriculum, we are pleased to announce that this FREE curriculum for middle schools was officially launched over the weekend at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Denver.  You can access the first three units of this exciting curriculum at

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Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray: New York Times Article on Cyberbullying

28. June 2010

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An excellent article by Jan Hoffman in the New York Times today about online bullies makes for interesting reading and draws attention to a number of key challenges educators, administrators, parents, and students are experiencing.

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The Death of Education but … the Dawn of Learning: Video Clip

25. June 2010

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We know, it’s Friday and you don’t want to have to read any more research reports or the latest statistics about online safety.  We hear you.  So sit back, take five minutes, and check out this short YouTube clip about embracing and using technology to help young people learn a new 21st century set of literacies [...]

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The Secret Online Lives of Teens: Latest McAfee Study

23. June 2010

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We believe that this latest study, commissioned by McAfee and conducted online by Harris Interactive from May 4 to May 17, 2010, makes for interesting, and quite encouraging, reading.

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Kids and Online Information Credibility: Latest Research Findings

21. June 2010

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Do you want to know how well young people navigate the “ocean of information” that is available online?  Then read  highlights from the latest findings (which are a part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning).  We think you will be surprised by the results.

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Cyberbullying Prevention: “Right Now” “Toolkit” resources

19. June 2010

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Regular readers of our blog will know that we don’t believe there is any quick-fix or ”silver bullet” to prevent cyberbullying — solving it for your school will take a systemic approach involving all stakeholders, and teaching social maturity skills. Hmmm… sound too long term, expensive and complicated?  Don’t have enough support from all the stakeholders to [...]

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SimSafety: “Flight Simulator” for Internet Safety

17. June 2010

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This is the second of our feature blogs with regard to encouragement of “full, safe use of digital media in schools’ regular instruction and professional development in their use as a high priority for educators nationwide” (Youth Safety on a Living Internet, p. 7).  As you know, we believe in a “team approach” and in [...]

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American School Counselor Association Conference: July 3-6, 2010, Boston

16. June 2010

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Want to spend July 4th in Boston with approximately 2,000 pre-kindergarten to post-secondary professional school counselors, counselor educators, supervisors and graduate students.  Then this might be the conference for you.

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FutureLab: Transforming the Learning Landscape

15. June 2010

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Following on from our blog on Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group, which recommends (among other things) the encouragement of “full, safe use of digital media in schools’ regular instruction and professional development in their use as a high priority for educators nationwide” (p. 7), we [...]

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Cyber-Secure Schools: Latest Materials from Nancy Willard

14. June 2010

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HOT OFF THE PRESS!  Nancy Willard, Executive Director of the CSRIU, has done it again and produced another very timely book (downloadable) and revised her existing materials on the subject of …

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Cyberbullying Prevention Resources: Let’s Get Real Video + Materials

13. June 2010

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Need some great materials which examine the issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others.  Then check out this site.

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Sexting Legislation Update

11. June 2010

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As noted by Michelle Millhollon in theadvocate.com, on Tuesday 8th June. 2010 a Louisianna state Senate committe advanced legislation (HB 1357) that would make “sexting” a crime and punishable by at least 10 days in jail.

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