MySpace Profiles Pics, videos, blogs Comments and Messages Links to friends Search by school Teens check often
Why MySpace? New Town Square Teens gather with friends online Most are not there to meet strangers Most ignore adults Most go online to do good things
Why MySpace? Healthy social outlet Physically safe Teens develop their identities Coming-of-age experiences Networking skills Creative Skills 21st century skills
IM, Chat, and Text is for adults Instant Messages (IM) Chat Rooms Text Messages (Texting) Comments
Educational IM, Chat, & Text Allows just-in-time and on-demand help Flexible chat between classrooms Keep in touch with students and alumni
Engagement and Motivation Digital Natives already enjoy these technologies Interactive and responsive Personalized Appeal to multiple learning styles
Context Students access, process, and create Authentic Purpose Authentic Audience Its about content and communication - not the technology
Inquiry Students discover, explore, and contribute Authentic problems Individualized Empowering
Collaboration Students connect with peers and experts Interpersonal skills Tools of the 21st Century workplace Results oriented
Reflection Students read, think, and compose Writing is learning So is creating and editing other media Metacognition Reflective Practice And Feedback!
Information Literacy Relevance? Source? Agenda or bias? Fact Checking Trusted Sources
Inappropriate Content Offensive, sexual, or violent content Due Diligence Increasingly difficult to filter Appropriate responses to the inevitable
Inappropriate Sharing Students may post: –Inappropriately –Unsafely –Irresponsibly –Provocatively –Illicit or illegal behavior Students will post outside of school!
Threats and Cyber-bullying Students may post threats Threats that impact attendance or academics are a school concern Credible threats may be a criminal matter
Free Speech Concerns Students do have 1st Amendment Rights Parody is protected We cannot control students, we can educate them
Intellectual Property Academic Honesty Copyright Law Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 Alternative licenses Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5
Fraud and Identity Theft Students may put their families and friends at risk Students are at risk Fraud Theft Identity Theft
Stalkers and Predators Most serious consequence of inappropriate sharing Predators do hunt children through online social networks Students can protect themselves
A New Perspective Citizen Journalism Citizen Police Work Threats, suicides, and risky behavior are often reported Sting operations catch criminals My space is safer for teens than predators.
Lack of Understanding Fear of the Unknown Some adults vilify technologies with many benefits Deleting Online Predators Act 2006 Potential for rebellion and destruction of trust
Legal Protections Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) –Filtering, Monitoring, & Policies Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) –Policies, Parental Consent, Protection of Info Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act –Stiff Penalties for Offenders, National Registry
Keeping Students Safe Responsibility, Appropriateness, and Common Sense Planning Discussions Teachable Moments A letter home & permission slips
Guidelines for Students Do not reveal personal information Do not post provocative pictures Consider the consequences Consider the future
Code of Ethics Seek Truth and Express It Minimize Harm Be Accountable Respect Information and its Infrastructure
Controlled Environments Class Blogmeister (Free) November Learning Communities ($)
Establishing a Defense A Chain of Command An Organizational Policy on Blogs etc. Transparency Exploit the New Medium
Police Demonstration Detective Zach Martinez
Proactive Strategies Communicate with students Communicate with other educators Communicate with IT Communicate with the police Confront students who are behaving in irresponsible, inappropriate, or unsafe ways. Do not look the other way.
Q & A Mark Wagner & Detective Zach Martinez
Credits Laguna Beach Unified School District Orange County Department of Education Educational Technology and Life Corporation Laguna Beach Police Department Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5
References Hewitt, H. (2005) Blog: understanding the information reformation thats changing your world. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books. Richardson, W. (2006). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. Wagner, M. D. (2006). An Introduction to the read/write web in education. Gifted Education Communicator. Summer 2006, Vol 37, No. 2.
References Warlick, D. F. (2005a). Classroom blogging: a teachers guide to the blogosphere. Raleigh, NC: The Landmark Project. Warlick, D.F. (2005b). Raw materials for the mind: a teachers guide to digital literacy. Raleigh, NC: The Landmark Project. Warlick, D. F. (2004). Redefining literacy for the 21st century. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing.
Online Resources Will Richardsons Blog (Educator-Blogger) David Warlicks Blog (Landmark Project) Danah Boyds Blog (UC Berkeley) Henry Jenkinss Blog (MIT)
Contact Information Detective Zach Martinez Laguna Beach Police Department Victor Guthrie, Director Information Technology Laguna Beach Unified School District Mark Wagner, President Educational Technology and Life Corporation Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5
Internet Awareness and Safety For Educators and Their Students Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5