Friday, August 01, 2008
Watch this video, parents
...pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea or something and watch "An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube," presented by Kansas State University anthropology Prof. Michael Wesch's last month at the US Library of Congress. Just click on the title, then hit the little "Play" button in the middle of the picture of the two tiny brothers, and I suspect you'll find - as I did - that you'll actually enjoy becoming more digitally enlightened in this way. I guarantee that, if you have kids and they're online, they'll appreciate your taking the time.
If you want to know a little more before you invest the 55.5 minutes, here are some highlights:
This is the kind of presentation that recharges, nourishes, keeps you going and going and going as you try - in the area of youth online safety - to maintain a balance of three needs: to alert parents to the risks that do exist, to mitigate fears and encourage (when "be very afraid" is so often the message to parents), and to communicate all the good, important growth and learning that's going on as young people use media that so many adults don't really understand.
Heads up: New worms in MySpace, Facebook
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Jailtime because of Facebook photos?
Time for social networking in school?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Teen Second Life too safe?
Social networkers want more options
Another kind of filtering needed too
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Videogame program for libraries
Monday, July 28, 2008
Polish police ordered off social site
Labels: international social networking