Monday, June 19, 2017

Be Internet Awesome!



With school out and summer break giving kids more time to spend on the Internet, it’s a great time to introduce Be Internet Awesome: a new way to encourage digital safety and citizenship.

https://blog.google/topics/families/be-internet-awesome-helping-kids-make-smart-decisions-online/

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Harvard Rescinds Admission Of 10 Students Over Obscene Facebook Messages

This week saw a remarkable collision of free speech, toxic Internet culture and more, unfolding at one of the world's most prestigious universities.
At least 10 admitted Harvard students in the Class of 2021 had their admissions offers rescinded after a group exchange of racist and sexually offensive Facebook messages, the Harvard Crimson student newspaper reported this week.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News


Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News


ConnectSafely is proud to announce its release of the Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News.

The Parent and Educator Guide, written by ConnectSafely CEO and tech journalist Larry Magid and ConnectSafely K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher, will help children and students become more conscious consumers of information, explaining among other things:
  • The difference between fact and opinion in the news
  • The difference between mistakes and lies
  • How to deal with conflicting reports
  • How to teach kids what to do when they see falsehoods shared online.
The guide is available here. ConnectSafely's Guide resource center is here

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Oxford High School students begin project called ‘13 Reasons Why Not’


In the popular Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” the main character gives 13 reasons why she wants to die. But, for students at Oxford High School, they are giving 13 reasons to live.

Beginning this week and continuing for 13 days, a recording of a different student will play during the morning announcements. In the recording, played for the entire student body, the teens reveal a problem they’re struggling with. At the end of the recording, instead of blaming someone, the students thank a classmate who has helped them.

Read more: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20170504/oxford-high-school-students-begin-project-called-13-reasons-why-not

Thursday, May 4, 2017

It's a series that's received mixed reaction.


BRODHEAD (WKOW) -- It's a series that's received mixed reaction. Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" takes on the topic surrounding suicide.

The show tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who takes her own life, leaving behind 13 recordings for her friends that explain the reasons why she committed suicide.

It's a show that's gaining popularity with teens across the nations, including in Wisconsin. The show now has the Brodhead School District warning parents.

"I watched '13 Reasons Why' the day it came out," said sophomore Rhianna Teubert. "I know most of the people are watching it. They seem to like it."

But some say the show glorifies suicide. Mental health experts are warning parents the series could lead to copy-cats, especially among students who suffer from mental illness.

Read more and watch the video clip:
http://www.wkow.com/story/35337057/controversial-13-reasons-why-series-prompts-local-school-to-take-action

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to choose (or make!) an anti-bullying video that helps

Whether you’re looking for a video or looking to make one, what are your top criteria for a video that would guide and inspire people? 

Learn more: 
http://www.netfamilynews.org/choose-make-anti-bullying-video-helps

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