background preloader

Debating Use

Facebook Twitter

Mobile and social media uses - positive and negative

Teenage identity and social media - Home. Children must be taught to build a positive online presence. Rather than just teaching children about internet safety and reducing their digital footprint, we should also encourage them to curate a positive digital footprint which will be an asset for them in their future.

Children must be taught to build a positive online presence

Today’s children are prolific users of the internet. Concern has been raised about the future impact of the digital footprints they are generating. While much discussion of this issue focuses on keeping children safe, little is known about how children manage their digital footprints. Pros and Cons of Cell Phones Becoming a Major Part of Children's Lives.

Cell phones are becoming an extremely popular electronic for people to purchase and in some instances they are even replacing house phones.

Pros and Cons of Cell Phones Becoming a Major Part of Children's Lives

They are also becoming more technologically advanced; most can take and send pictures and videos and connect to the Internet for web surfing. Many children, even as young as kindergarten-age, are becoming cell phone owners. The potential of things that can be done with these phones is endless. Cell phones can be used to look up weather or answers to questions on search engines, but they can also expose a child to anything that anyone wishes to send him or her in a text or e-mail. Teens leading happy connected lives online. Photo Where is the doom and gloom?

Teens leading happy connected lives online

A new report on “Teens, Technology and Friendships” from the Pew Foundation puts an unusually positive spotlight on the online lives of teenagers as they build friendships and connections in a digital world. Teenagers aged 13 to17 are finding ways to strengthen their relationships with real-world friends as well as making new friends through social media, video gaming, messaging apps and other virtual connectors. This is not the usual story of teenagers in the online realm. Where are the dire warnings about how the online world is depriving our teenagers of their opportunity to learn the skills needed to interact with people instead of screens while exposing them to all manner of bullying and cruelty, and tempting them to fritter away endless hours playing video games? Teens, Technology and Friendships. Video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact with friends This report explores the new contours of friendship in the digital age.

Teens, Technology and Friendships

It covers the results of a national survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. The survey was conducted online from Sept. 25 through Oct. 9, 2014, and Feb. 10 through March 16, 2015, and 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014. For today’s teens, friendships can start digitally: 57% of teens have met a new friend online. Article: How Do Parents Honor the Benefits of Digital Devices While Limiting Kids’ Use? We live in a world of screens.

Article: How Do Parents Honor the Benefits of Digital Devices While Limiting Kids’ Use?

Making Digital Media Positive. Infographic: Are You Revealing Too Much on Social Networks? Social-networking sites are a hacker's dream: a sometimes public online community where unsuspecting people post personal information.

Infographic: Are You Revealing Too Much on Social Networks?

But what information can and should be posted on social networks? Cloud security firm Trend Micro examined popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Pinterest and found that most require identifying information like location, employment, birthday, and education. Tumblr is the only site that does not ask for any details, aside from username. According to Trend Micro, one in four Facebook users location-tag their posts each month, while 16 percent of Pinterest browsers offer their address. The two sites also carry the same average of 229 friends or followers. More than 20 million U.S. There are consequences to making information publicly available, Trend Micro said.

Some people are already taking precautions. For more, check out the infographic below. Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web. When Reuben Loewy took up his first teaching gig in 2012, he had a major revelation: The digital revolution has dramatically transformed the way that kids perceive reality.

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Perhaps that makes the 55-year-old teacher sound like a dinosaur. 5 things to know about kids and screentime. What teens wish their parents knew about social media. Laptops and phones in the classroom? Screen addicted teens are unhappy. Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. “We go to the mall,” she said. Making the Case for Social Media in Schools. "Do you have a Twitter account?

Making the Case for Social Media in Schools

Do you use Instagram? " I ask those questions of all teacher applicants at Jackson P. Burley Middle School, and I'm surprised by how many people answer, "No. " Or, "Well, I set up an account a while ago, but I don't really use it. " I don't expect every person to be a tech expert with every type of social media. The Snapchat teachers: ‘They learn more this way than at school’ It’s difficult at the best of times to capture students’ attention – especially when they are forever checking their phones.

The Snapchat teachers: ‘They learn more this way than at school’

So, as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. One app many teachers are embracing is Snapchat. It’s the one where you send a video or picture, and then it disappears 10 seconds after you open it. For some teachers it makes perfect sense. In Ireland some 85 per cent of 15- to 18-year-olds have a Snapchat account, and most of them use it on a daily basis.