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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Heavy web use harms a child’s mental health: Every hour raises risk, warns watchdog

The Telegraph – Daniel Martin

“Overuse of the internet is causing mental health problems for children, government health advisers have warned.”(more)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science

The Washington Post – Donna St. George

” Their lives swirl in technology, but the nation’s high school students spend little time studying the computer science that is the basis of it all. Few are taught to write lines of code, and few take classes that delve into the workings of the Internet or explain how to create an app.”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alarm bells over computers and child development

The Irish Times – Mark Hilliard

“Children as young as three are increasingly using tablet computers in the home leading to calls for a debate in Ireland on how cyberspace should be controlled in the future…Psychologist Mary Aiken believes parents are becoming less able to provide safeguards alone and filtering software is not always reliable.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Excellent Checklist for Evaluating Information Sources

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Digital literacy, as a set of skills that students need to develop and master in order to properly use digital technologies, is an essential component of the 21st century education….the second most important skill…is that of evaluating and assessing the validity of information found online. One of the versatile tools teachers can use to teach students about web content evaluation is called CRAAP . The acronym CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, and Purpose.”(more)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ways to help kids unplug from technology

The Kansas City Star – Jennifer Chung

“Our lives feel busier than ever – cellphones, tablets and laptops can certainly help us be more efficient, but they also can make us feel like we need to be accessible to everyone all the time. Kids are introduced to technology at a younger age than ever before. Is technology a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to raising our kids? Here are some tips to help parents find balance and set some boundaries around screen time.”(more)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In Defense of Internet Safety Education

The Huffington Post – Larry Magid

“There has been some discussion lately over whether there is still a need for Internet safety education. I say yes.”(more)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Internet Is a Safer Place for Your Teen Than You Think

Time – Randye Hoder

“Danah Boyd has a pointed message for parents: Most everything we think we know about the way our kids are using the Internet is wrong.”(more)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Internet safety: the fourth ‘R’ in skills education

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

“Lessons in Internet safety are as important as reading, writing and arithmetic – the “three Rs” – according to 80 per cent of parents who took part in a new study released to coincide with Safer Internet Day.”(more)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Obama gets $750M in pledges from Apple, others to get kids online

The Mercury News – Nedra Pickler

“Claiming progress in his goal to put the world at the fingertips of every American student, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $750 million in commitments from U.S. companies to begin wiring more classrooms with high-speed Internet.”(more)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Social Entrepreneur Mixes Minecraft, YouTube And STEM Education

Forbes – Anne Field

“This is the story of one of the wilder social enterprises out there trying to address the crisis in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, especially in under-served communities.”(more)