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You’re sensing the issue, but I don’t agree with how you’re framing it. The issue is not “teaching Facebook” — the issue is civics and and citizenry in the modern, digital era. Rather than getting lost in the details of the fad du jour, educators need to relate these conditions to the age old issues of morality, character, and civics. In the same way educators have been responsible with character development along with the development of vocational skills, this modern, digital context brings with it a new set of issues and needs. To identify it as “teaching Facebook” is misleading because it implies that the issue is technology, when in reality the issue is character, morality, and being a good citizen — integral parts of education going back to the Academy.
Both the Internet and the way young people use technology are constantly changing, but Internet safety messages change very slowly if at all. A few years ago, some of us in the Net safety community started talking about how to adjust our messaging for the much more interactive “Web 2.0.” And we did so, based on the latest research as it emerged. But even those messages are starting to get a bit stale…. Now it’s time for Online Safety 3.0 .
Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely. Among the pitfalls that come with online socializing are sharing too much information or posting comments, photos, or videos that can damage a reputation or hurt someone's feelings. Applying real-world judgment can help minimize those risks.