9281Re: [WWWEDU] Brits Propose Bridging Home-School Digital Divide
- Jan 10, 2007
>One of the most important aspects of this actually THE MOST IMPORTANT
> I am setting up a Home Access Taskforce which I will
> personally chair. I want this to bring together key
> industry players, the voluntary sector, and education
> representatives to look at the issues. Because ICT at
> every child's fingertips is not the be-all and end-all
> of our ambitions. We need to make sure that schools
> and teachers can take full advantage, and parents too
> can play a significant role.
aspect from my admittedly biased perspective is that parents must have a
sufficient understanding of all of the risks and effective strategies to
address those risks. I mean all risks not just the 3 p-¹s porn, predators,
For example, most of the most popular children¹s web sites are heavily
involved in advergaming integrating commercial advertising into
entertainment activities. So we have lots of kids sitting on their butts
playing games that encourage them to eat junk food. And parents are largely
unaware that this is occurring. I am going to be interviewed by Linda Neary
of NPR on this issue tomorrow (not sure when the story will air).
There also must be a strong focus on the quality of the online activities.
Certainly, there are some benefits from surfing, gaming, and gabbing if
kept in balance with other life activities. But how much of what young
people are doing online is of high benefit to their life? How can we
increase these kinds of activities and decrease the ³time-sink² activities
that are doing more harm than good?
Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social
Cruelty, Threats, and Distress, a resource for educators, is now available
online at http://cyberbully.org
Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the
Internet Safely and Responsibly. Jossey-Bass (March 16, 2007)
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