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Pupils need internet lessons to thrive online, say Lords

BBC – Judith Burns

“Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report. Lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools, the Lords Communications Committee argues. The internet is “hugely beneficial” but children need awareness of its hazards, said committee chairman Lord Best. Industry leaders said education was key to keeping children safe online. The Lords report builds on findings by the Children’s Commissioner for England in January that the internet is not designed for children, despite them being the biggest users by age group. “Children inhabit a world in which every aspect of their lives is mediated through technology: from health to education, from socialising to entertainment. “Yet the recognition that children have different needs to those of adults has not yet been fully accepted in the online world,” say the Lords.”(more)

To Keep Teens Safe Online, They Need To Learn To Manage Risk

KQED News Mind/Shift – April Fulton

“Parents of teens know how tricky it is to keep their kids physically safe while balancing their need for greater independence, but when it comes to keeping them safe online, it can be even trickier. Horror stories of social media harassment and exposure to explicit content leading to teen suicide or even murder abound. With 91 percent of U.S. teens accessing the Internet via a mobile device that allows them to be online anywhere and at all times of day, parents are desperately looking for ways to protect teens from online predators, bullies, and their own poor decisionmaking. Most apps sold to promote teen safety online focus on giving parents control over the phone, rather than helping teens learn how to navigate the web safely, a study finds.”(more)

Teach your kids to use media in healthy ways

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Some pediatric health experts may have loosened the reins a bit on “screen time” for the youngest of children, but that doesn’t mean parents should rely on electronic devices as babysitters, one pediatrician says. “Most of us use media every day. It’s how we interact with the world and it’s how we learn new ideas,” said Dr. Sara Lee, who’s with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. “Children will need to know how to use these forms in healthy, effective ways,” Lee said in a hospital news release. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “give parents a lot more guidance on how to use media with their kids at home,” she added. In the new screen-time guidelines for children, the AAP admitted there are notable benefits associated with educational shows or apps, and connecting with friends and loved ones online, Lee said.”(more)

We must teach children about life online if they are to thrive in the real world

The Telegraph – Douglas Lloyd

“Last week the Children’s Commissioner issued a report, prepared by the Growing Up Digital Taskforce, which highlighted how childhoods are being dramatically affected because of what children access on the internet. Combined with a survey by Mumsnet, which found that 73 percent of parents are worried about their children accessing inappropriate content online, the Commissioner’s report states that children are not being educated or supported for their life online in the same way that they are prepared for life offline.”(more)

Online safety: Internet ‘not designed for children’

BBC – Staff Writer

“Youngsters are not prepared for what they are signing up to on the internet, and are frequently giving personal information away, according to the Children’s Commissioner for England. Anne Longfield said children did not know how their data was being used due to “impenetrable” terms and conditions. She said the internet was not designed for children even though they are now the biggest users. She has called for a digital ombudsman to be created to uphold their rights.”(more)

Cybersecurity in U.S. : A Boost From STEM Education [Video]

The University Herald – Julia Ramirez

“People have become dependent on the internet. The comfort brought about by technology is paired with its challenges. Cyberattackers constantly exert effort to illegally obtain sensitive data and destroy systems from smartphones and online banking to passwords. With the complexity of digital economy, there is an increase in the demand for highly trained cybersecurity professionals. The following are the four reasons why cybersecurity would benefit from an education that targetson science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a commentary from Charleston Gazette Mail..”(more)