‘Tis the night before the #edchatnz conference and I am mulling over the session I am hoping to facilitate… It’s been just over a month since I joined NetSafe as their new Director of Education, and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting my head around a ‘same but different’ view window on education. The ‘same’ being broad, effective […]Read More Growing digital smarts? Check our biases…
In the last couple of days, Google and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation announced a further development in their relationship: a $1.2 million grant from Google so that the e-Smart Digital Licence “will be made available to every grade 6 student in Australia in 2015” – Medianet. You can read all about this licence here: https://www.digitallicence.com.au/home – […]Read More Bolting on cybersafety? | Day 8 #28daysofwriting
“I have children in my class whose parents do not want them to appear online. So how can I do collaborative work with those children? They have to do something else and that’s not fair at all…” It is quite normal, even ideal, to surface crunchy questions during sessions with schools. One of the workshops […]Read More Only some of us can be digital citizens
Just out this week is this report from OFCOM in the UK: Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report [October 2013]. It’s worth a read through, even at the Exec Summary level, as it offers an interesting snapshot of where usage of the web and devices to access it are rising and falling amongst young […]Read More Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report | Ofcom
I recently presented a series of keynotes, developed with Dr John Fenaughty, on the topic of digital citizenship and how fear-based messages, curriculum add-ons and reliance of filters are not as likely to foster digital citizens as much as embedding it in authentic curriculum-based learning. I went phishing fishing on YouTube for positive messages and […]Read More Learning online | The kids are all right…
A simple but effective tip a friend shared the other day, based on advice from a cybersecurity event: Think of a line from your favourite song. For example, ‘love will tear us apart again’ (a particular favourite of mine from Joy Division – but not the one I chose;-) Add a punctuation mark e.g. ! […]Read More How to create a great password
[Cross-posted from the e-Learning Research Network] If we are to make useful decisions about supporting our students as they use technology, it is important to have a baseline from which to make our decisions. A recent survey from Netsafe might be a useful starting point in this regard. How confident are teachers in managing cybersafety? This […]Read More How confident do you feel when your students are working online?
This is cross-posted from a guest piece I recently wrote for CORE Education: Feel the fear – and do it anyway If Hilary had concentrated only on glacial ravines, would he have ‘knocked the bastard off’? Would Armstrong have taken his great leap if he had worried his oxygen failing? And can schools embrace the […]Read More If you think it’s too difficult, you’re right.
Finally. I have found a great post that articulates really sensibly the role that a parent could – should? – take to support their child’s developing understanding and awareness of digital citizenship. I was struck by the way the author, Molly Baker, embraces the benefits, and takes a pragmatic approach to the potential challenges. She acknowledges […]Read More When your 13-year-old joins Facebook
43. That’s the number of decisions you potentially have to make when you review your Facebook privacy settings. And even if you’re a ‘digital citizen’, who fully understands the implications of your choices, it’s still hard. Many young people find it much harder – and that’s why they need the support of parents and teachers. […]Read More 43 decisions: Setting your privacy settings on Facebook