Archive for the ‘The Connected, Communication, Community oriented- Aged’ Category

How much is too much media?

Did you know that in a poll of 2100 individuals, 79% of teens think their friends share too much personal information online ? I wonder if they notice the irony. Every user of social media should have a plan before they post. This is especially true for educators who can benefit from the tools, but also face significant risks if not informed.

Whats your Social Media Strategy Bering June 9 FINAL


Blind Students want Access to Online Learning

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

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The History of Privacy

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

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The above document highlights some of the stages that we in North America during the listed years, and much of the rest of the world have experienced. Some examples are:

1890    First Kodak snapshot camera invented

1900    Fingerprints identified as unique and distinguishable

1907    First dictograph (bugging device) invented

1936  Social security numbers created in the U.S. as part of life-long piece of  personal identity

1948    Sexual behavior in the Human Male by A. Kinsey published, the first open discussions about individuals’ sexuality

1950s The cold war and trust in government prompts increased surveillance of citizens

1964  SIN numbers distributed in Canada to record transactions between individuals and the government

1967    U.S. Supreme Court rules that intercepting communications requires a warrant

1975    Computers become available commercially

1980s  DNA fingerprinting and cell phones become widely available

1995    The term “spyware” is used for the first time

2004    Facebook appears

Although there are many reasons to be cautious when providing information through social networking, reflecting on the changes above helped me take a step back. While the rise in “oversharing” on the Internet exists today, there have been many significant changes in our past that could have led to extensive privacy problems.

Your Turn…

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I’d like to record some short podcasts over December and would like suggestions from you. Is there any teaching related technology, legislation, or topic you would like me to cover ?

Social Media Comic-Secrets Nov.29

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Many U.S. School will require Internet safety

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The Federal Communications Commission (U.S.) recently announced that it will require schools receiving funds for Internet access from the E-rate program, to address issues related to student cyber bullying. Schools will have to create policies that ensure appropriate use of social media applications such as:

-Preventing improper use of networking sites like Facebook and MySpace

-Maintaining Internet safety policies and filters to prevent access to inappropriate content

-Provide online safety education

The FCC will release a resource package, Stop Cyberbullying Toolkit for Schools, on November 22, 2010.

Individuals studying the effects of social media on youth are happy to see this development. The increasing use of social media and easy access to both the Internet and palm held devices, means that information spreads quickly and unchecked through all schools levels, leading to conflicts, depression, and in extreme cases, physical harm.

According to a Canadian study funded by Bell Canada, many children and youth experienced computer based bullying including:

-27% described incidents which made them “fell bad”
-22% had rumours spread about them
-18% had someone pretend to be them online
-11% were threatened

In Canada charges can be laid for cyber bullying using the Human Rights Act which protects people from hate or discrimination based on matters including an individual’s physical size, age, ethnic, national or racial origins, colour, disability, and sexual preference. The punishment for computer crimes and cyber bullying is a fine up to $50,000. However, as the U.S. is doing, Canadians should seek to prevent bullying rather than just lay charges after the damage is done.

FCC Requires schools to address Cyber bullying

Canadian Youth and Cyberbullying Study 2008

Guidelines for Child (and Youth) Online Protection

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

This excellent guide put together in 2009 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and contributing authors from institutions in information and communications technologies and child safety contains comprehensive information. I will eventually summarize the relevant guidelines for teens online in this 78 page document, however interesting information includes:

-Profiles of online teens determined through research such as Achievers, Rebels, Traditionals, Creatives, and Loners

-The great benefit  for students with learning disabilities

-SMART rules 4 online: Set your limits, Meeting online friends offline, Accepting invitations/friendships,Reacting, Tell someone about concerns

Guidelines for Children’s [and Youth’s] Safe Online Activity