The educational thoughts of Jason Epstein
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What happens if someone posts an unflattering, or worse, a scandalous or compromising picture of you on Facebook? What are your rights? That's a sensitivity that we need to start nurturing by training our kids -- and our employees -- to use online tools responsibly', says Anna O'Brian, a PHD student in digital technology. What happens when only some of us know how to use these connective technologies to improve our lives (as opposed to overwhelming ourselves even more). In other words, what happens when only a small portion of online users is actually digitally literate?
Computer scientists and policy experts say that such seemingly innocuous bits of self-revelation can increasingly be collected and reassembled by computers to help create a picture of a person’s identity, sometimes down to the Social Security number.
Smokescreen is a cutting-edge game about life online. We all use Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and MSN to keep up with our mates - and we've all heard the stories about parties on Facebook being mobbed, or people getting stalked on MSN. The question is, what would you do if it happened to you?
Over 13 missions, Smokescreen follows the story of Max Winston and Cal Godfrey, two mates who've set up an exclusive social network called White Smoke. After Cal's involved in a car accident and falls into a coma, White Smoke becomes huge - and starts attracting huge problems. Each mission sees you explore the world of White Smoke, and find out who you can trust - and who you can't.
Thematic unit on digital citizenship for students in middle school aged 10-14. For this unit we have broken it into two weeks. Week one will be on plagiarism, copyright, and creative commons. Week two will be on online etiquette and cyberbullying. The students will learn about each theme over a course of days. After the two themes have been examined, students will complete a final project related to the goals.
Recent surveys suggest that approximately 70% of employers are using Facebook to screen potential employees — even more than those who check LinkedIn, a strictly professional social networking site. Don't make these Facebook faux-pas — they might cost you a great opportunity.
Like many photographers I enjoy people viewing my pictures, but I don’t appreciate people using my images without permission, again by this I don’t mean when someone uses my images and gives me proper credit and links back to this site, that is ok and encouraged. What I mean by “without permission” is when they pass it as their own or use it for profit without compensating me and asking for permission.
For a wide range of topics/resources on Digital Citizenship, check Diigo List. All resources have been tagged and cataloged from the entries found in the AD4DCSS Diigo Group on Digital Citizenship. This just makes them easier to find.
Salt Lake City's Granite School District is expected to approve a new policy this month barring students and teachers from connecting on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The policy - the first of its kind in Utah - provides an exemption for teachers' sites that are educational, not personal. Officials said there was no specific incident that spurred the new guidelines. But with the popularity of social networking sites in schools, Granite wants to eliminate any gray areas when it comes to teacher-student interaction, district spokesman Ben Horsley said. "The reality is if someone is going to interact inappropriately with a student, there's certainly lots of technology out there that can help them get around those rules and guidelines in a very nonpublic way," Horsley said. "This gives us some tools to move forward on a disciplinary track."
In answering the famous Twitter question “What’s happening?” we can tune in to the world around us; from grocery shopping to attending a business function, we can now share both our personal thoughts and literal happenings. Now, with the rise of “location-based social networks” the “What’s happening?” suddenly becomes the question “Where are you?” giving transparency a whole new meaning. Currently leading the pack is Foursquare.com.
A teen has sued his mother for harassment after she logged into his Facebook account and changed content. He also claims she's made "slanderous" comments about him in Facebook as well. It's important to note that this 16-year-old lives with his grandmother and not his mother, and that he appears to be old enough to drive in his home state of Arkansas.
Finally, there's something Google and Microsoft can agree on: Our electronic privacy protections are in serious need of an overhaul. They, along with Intel, AOL, AT&T, the ACLU, and a dozen other household names, have formed the Digital Due Process coalition, aimed at urging Congress to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) -- the only thing keeping Johnny Law from pawing through your digital life.
At Google, we pursue ideas and products that often push the limits of existing technology. As a company that acts responsibly, we work hard to make sure any innovation is balanced with the appropriate level of privacy and security for our users. Our Privacy Principles help guide decisions we make at every level of our company, so we can help protect and empower our users while we fulfill our ongoing mission to organize the world's information.
10 suggestions for how adults can improve social networking sites for kids.
I was recently interviewed by a local high school student named Julian for his research project about the impact of social network sites on society. I always enjoy being interviewed by teens and end up learning something in the process. Julian asked a question that I have been thinking about since we spoke: "What can adults do to improve social network sites for kids?"