Sunday, September 11, 2011

Scare tactics aren't working

Great refresher for teachers, librarians and parents on how to teach cyber-safety. Time to pull back from the scare tactics and focus on the facts. Scaring kids from drugs and sex hasn't worked since the '50s and scaring them about cyber-bullying isn't working today. It's time to treat kids like adults, give them the facts and the concerns, and assist them in finding safe and honorable choices.

Does this mean I have to loosen the reins on my own children's digital lives? Jury will remain out on this one . . .

Larry Magid, co-director of Connect created another slide show a while back that is more detailed and explanatory and perhaps suitable for middle school students.

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