Posts in Technology

Today’s youth are a technology savvy generation who are adopting digital and mobile technologies at a spectacularly fast rate. For parents, keeping pace with the rapid changes in technology can be challenging and overwhelming. Parents everywhere are trying to figure how to encourage the myriad benefits of mobile and electronic devices, while preventing their children from using them in irresponsible, inappropriate , and unsafe ways. As you are integral to ensuring that your child is a responsible user, this section contains information for parents about limit setting, social media, internet safety, and cyber bullying, as well as current trends in internet use among different subsections of our young population.

Topics/Posts
* You’ll Never Learn! Students can’t resist multitasking, and it’s impairing their memory.
*Facebook Still Reigns Supreme With Teens, But Social Media Interest Dwindling
*Parents Warned Against Cyber Bullying on ask.fm
* Snapchat app has parents of teens concerned – TODAY SHOW – December 4th, 2012
* Common Sense Media’s Parent Media and Technology Education Program
* Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum -Grades 6-8
* Internet and Phone Use and Misuse -“Alone Together” (Sherry Turkle)
* Internet Safety and Cyberbullying -(Perry Aftab)
* Link to Growing Wireless Website: “Get the knowledge and resources to provide a safe and rewarding wireless experience for kids
* How Do You Parent the Texting Generation: I don’t even understand Facebook and Cellphones. So, how do I make fair rules for my kids? Salon.com, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, Rebecca Morean
* Parents, Not Kids, Are the Biggest Abusers ofTechnology: Article about how how parents’ use of technology affects their children
* US NEWS Health Blog: Teen Depression Linked to Internet Overuse
* Articles on Recent Studies of Teen Internet Use/Online Behavior
* Girls and Internet Use
* Additional Resources: Keeping Kids Safe On-Line

  1. Facebook Still Reigns Supreme With Teens, But Social Media Interest Dwindling

    [ By on April 12, 2013 ]

    facebookteens Teens still love Facebook. No news there. According to a recent study by Piper Jaffray, 33 percent of the 5,200 teens surveyed choose Facebook as their most important social network. Following behind, Twitter has 30 percent of the vote, while 17 percent of teens say that Instagram is the most important social network. What’s notable, however, is that interest in Facebook seems to be declining heavily among teens. Though teens still dub Facebook their most important social network, Piper Jaffray reports that the numbers are down regarding how many teens see Facebook as the most important social media website. Over the past year, the number of ...

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  2. Parents Warned Against Cyber Bullying on ask.fm

    [ By on December 06, 2012 ]

    Parents Warned Against Cyber Bullying on ask.fm Tuesday, 12 June 2012 On June 7th, parents with children in the Scarsdale Middle School received an email from the school warning them against the use of a social media website called ask.fm. The school reported that students have been using the site to “post hurtful and inappropriate material.” The email from the school read as follows, “ASK.FM is a social networking site where teens can send and receive anonymous questions and comments. Teens can connect to this website through their Facebook and AIM accounts. The website allows for online conversations and does not require that ...

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  3. Snapchat app has parents of teens concerned – TODAY SHOW – December 4th, 2012

    [ By on December 04, 2012 ]

      TODAY Show |  Aired on December 04, 2012 Snapchat app has parents of teens concerned New photo-sharing app Snapchat has become highly popular among teens, but it’s raising concern among parents that it may be offering teens a false sense of security about sending compromising photos. NBC’s Andrea Canning reports. Millions of teenagers have adopted a smartphone app which has been touted as a way of safely "sexting" and sharing naked pictures.  But is it really a safe way to share intimate photographs of yourself? See Video from the Today Show ------------ Snapchat, which is available for both iPhone and Android devices, describes how senders can control how long a message or picture can be ...

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  4. Common Sense Media Resources

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    #1) Link to Common Sense Media’s Parent Media and Technology Education Program. Browse the site for parenting resources by grade level or topic. (K-12) Topics include: Cell phones and digital communication, cyberbullying and online relationships, digital creation, plagiarism, piracy, family media management, gaming and online worlds, internet safety, media’s influence on kids, online privacy and security, online research and learning, social networking and community, violence in media. Link #2) Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum - Grades 6-8. Students in our 7th grade will work with materials from this curriculum in their Health classes throughout the year. Link  

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  5. Internet and Phone Use and Misuse – Article About “Alone Together” (Sherry Turkle’s Book)

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    Sherry Turkle notes in her perceptive new book, “Alone Together”, … technology is changing how people relate to one another and construct their own inner lives. She is concerned here not with the political uses of the Internet — as manifested in the current democratic uprisings in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East — but with its psychological side effects. In two earlier books, Ms. Turkle — a professor of the social studies of science and technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a clinical psychologist — put considerable emphasis on the plethora of opportunities for exploring identity that computers and networking offer people. In these ...

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  6. Resources on Internet Safety and Cyberbullying -Perry Aftab’s Wesbite

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    Parry Aftab is the Executive Director of WiredSafety.org, a volunteer organization dedicated to online safety. She created the StopCyberbullying Coalition to help address cyberbullying and digital abuse issues See her website for great resources parry header   Link to Parry's Website

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  7. Growing Wireless Website: Great Resource for Parents

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    Today’s kids are using wireless at early ages to do everything from keeping connected with family and friends to using applications for education and safety to entertainment. While most kids instantly feel comfortable using wireless, some parents may need an online resource to help stay in tune and up-to-date on the latest mobile products and services their kids’ may use. In an effort to continue to provide parents the tools and information they need to help educate themselves and their kids to use wireless technology responsibly, CTIA-The Wireless Association® and The Wireless Foundation created “Growing Wireless.” Link to Website

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  8. How Do You Parent the Texting Generation: I don’t even understand Facebook and Cellphones. So, how do I make fair rules for my kids?

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    Salon.com, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, Rebecca Morean TOPICS: FACEBOOKINTERNET CULTURELIFE STORIESPARENTINGREAL FAMILIES How do you parent the texting generation? My four children are evenly separated by age, exactly three and half years between each. They are also separated by gender: girl, boy, girl, boy. And by race: white Hispanic, white Hispanic, Korean and African-American. They are all united, however, by cellphones and Facebook.... Link to Post

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  9. The Impact of Parents’ Use of Technology on Their Children

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

      US NEWS HEATH: Nancy Shute, US NEWS, Health February 9, 2011 Parents complain that their kids spend too much time texting and surfing the Web. But it may be that the biggest abusers of new technology are parents themselves. Sherry Turkle, a clinical psychologist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies how people use technology, says she has found that children are worried that their parents’ love affairs with BlackBerries, iPhones, and computers are fracturing their families. Turkle elaborates in her new book, Alone Together (Basic Books, $28.95), and in this edited interview. Link

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  10. Teen Depression Linked to Internet Overuse

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    From: US NEWS - HEALTH: ON PARENTING Parents complain that their kids spend too much time texting and surfing the Web. But it may be that the biggest abusers of new technology are parents themselves. Sherry Turkle, a clinical psychologist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies how people use technology, says she has found that children are worried that their parents’ love affairs with BlackBerries, iPhones, and computers are fracturing their families. Turkle elaborates in her new book, Alone Together (Basic Books, $28.95), and in this edited interview... Link

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