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Texts, Snapchats, Instagram: Translating Teens’ Online Behavior

Texts, Snapchats, Instagram: Translating Teens’ Online Behavior

| March 4, 2014 | 7 Comments

How much surveillance should parents have over their teenagers’ social media lives? Why are kids’ online roles so different from their realities? How does technology change the way teens relate to each other and to adults? Author danah boyd, who has been spending lots of quality time with teens over the past few years, attempts to demystify teens’ online actions and behaviors and provide some insight into their motivations in this excellent Science Friday interview.

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A Look Into Teenagers’ Complicated Online Lives

A Look Into Teenagers’ Complicated Online Lives

| February 26, 2014

In the world of social media research, danah boyd is a star. She says most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of teenagers. But as the title of her new book suggests, It’s Complicated.

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Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills?

Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills?

| December 4, 2013 | 41 Comments

Taking selfies at funerals. Tagging pictures of teens drinking alcohol at parties. Kids (and adults for that matter) post a lot of silly stuff online — and although most of it is chatter, some of what might seem harmless leads to tragic consequences. But is it the job of schools to teach kids the dos and don’ts of social media?

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How Do Tech Tools Affect the Way Students Write?

How Do Tech Tools Affect the Way Students Write?

| July 16, 2013 | 11 Comments

For many current middle and high school students, writing takes shape in all kinds of forms. They send texts, write on social media sites, update their own blogs, and of course, write for school assignments. This fluid use of writing for both personal and school work is being fueled by technology, and a Pew Research […]

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The Power of a Networked Teacher Illustrated

The Power of a Networked Teacher Illustrated

| June 24, 2013 | 2 Comments

A wonderful visual depiction of how educators can tap into their networks to expand and continually improve their teaching practice from a trove of rich resources. Illustrated by Langwitches, the image refers to Alec Couros’s original post exploring question, “What does the network mean to you?” [Via ETML]

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What Teens Feel About Privacy and Social Media

What Teens Feel About Privacy and Social Media

| May 22, 2013 | 23 Comments

A new Pew Research study of teenagers and their parents reveals that teenagers are sharing more information on social networking sites than in the past, even as they carefully monitor and manage their profiles.

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Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents

Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents

| August 2, 2012 | 8 Comments

Flickr:Dan Taylor By Matt Levinson Online social giants YouTube and Facebook have taken big steps to attempt to provide guidance on digital citizenship for kids online. Google (which owns YouTube) just launched its ten-step online program for smart and safe YouTube use, with a series of instructional videos that hit on topics from cyberbullying to […]

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Should Adults Control Kid-Created Content?

Should Adults Control Kid-Created Content?

| June 5, 2012 | 33 Comments

Kids’ online influence can be powerful, especially with the help of social media sites like YouTube and Twitter. But unlike the kids who create the content that goes on those sites, the companies that host the content are sometimes forced to weigh in on whether it’s “good” or “bad,” or more pointedly, what they should do about it.

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Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

| May 21, 2012 | 36 Comments

By Katrina Schwartz When it comes to using technology in school, the tension between what students and parents want and what schools allow is becoming more apparent — and more divisive. Students want more control over how they use technology in school, but many classrooms are still making it difficult. That’s according to the most […]

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How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids’ Online Lives?

How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids’ Online Lives?

| April 25, 2012 | 11 Comments

The most important goal is to maintain open communication, explaining to kids the responsibility that comes along with having an email account, and the need to ask an adult for help if the child feels uncomfortable with the nature of any online exchange.

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