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Nigel Coutts

The importance of feeling safe in your workplace - The Learner's Way - 3 views

    It's interesting how threads emerge from the books we read. An idea springs out at you from one book and then occurs again in another or a link is found between the two. When it turns up a third time in a different place and from an alternate perspective you really take notice. I have had this experience with the concept of emotional or psychological safety.
Judy Robison

Social Networking Safety - Microsoft Protect - 43 views

    " tips to help protect yourself when you use social networks from Microsoft"
Steve Ransom

Protecting Student Privacy Without Going FERPANUTS - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of High... - 11 views

  • Most students don't care about FERPA - stuffy administrators do. If students cared in the slightest none of them would have Facebook accounts. Have them sign a FERPA waiver and get back to work! If they don't want to waive then provide alternate ways to earn credit.
  • I think it is really important to keep the spaces where we learn private. Students need to ability to test out ideas within a safe environment that is protected from outside search engines. We need an opportunity to test ideas and fail without a future prospective employer able to access student work. Materials that are public in the digital world lose their contextual basis and therefore can be misinterpreted at a later time.  Therefore, if I have students post and reflect, I do it all within the confines of a password protected website. Password protection is not perfect but at least it is an honest step at protecting a student's right to be a student.
    I tend to agree with James here, but keupher also has a point worth considering. Teach students to be wise and safe in public, or keep things "safe" and private??
Steve Ransom

Can a Playground Be Too Safe? - - 13 views

  • “If children and parents believe they are in an environment which is safer than it actually is, they will take more risks. An argument against softer surfacing is that children think it is safe, but because they don’t understand its properties, they overrate its performance.”
    • Steve Ransom
      True in online social spaces, too!
  • “What happens in America is defined by tort lawyers, and unfortunately that limits
  • “Children need to encounter risks and overcome fears
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  • The best thing is to let children encounter these challenges from an early age, and they will then progressively learn to master them through their play over the years.”
  • “Risky play mirrors effective cognitive behavioral therapy of anxiety,
  • “Older children are discouraged from taking healthy exercise on playgrounds because they have been designed with the safety of the very young in mind,” Dr. Ball said. “Therefore, they may play in more dangerous places, or not at all.”
    • Steve Ransom
      Yet another parallel to be found here with online interactions and social/learning spaces. Banning children from these spaces does nothing the teach them how to use them wisely... and they find ways around our filters anyway without the benefit of wise adult guidance.
Steve Ransom

Educational Leadership:The Transition Years:Positive Digital Footprints - 38 views

  • aught up in sensational stories
  • trying to frighten digital kids
  • Help students build positive digital footprints.
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  • Scare tactics
  • one-size-fits-all approaches to Internet safety are "analogous to inoculating the entire population for a rare disease that most people are very unlikely to get, while at the same time failing to inoculate the population that's most at risk"
  • Instead of teaching students to be afraid of what others can learn about them online, let's teach them how digital footprints can quickly connect them to the individuals, ideas, and opportunities that they care most about.
    Great piece by Bill Ferriter (@plugusin) on the tension between helping kids create a positive, empowering digital footprint and the use of scare tactics to dissuade them from being active online - Two diametrically opposed paradigms.
Professional Learning Board

Social Networking Sites in Education - 28 views

    In addition to Social Network sites the Internet offers many popular services that have become part of most teens social network including chat, instant messaging, blogs, peer-to-peer networks, text messaging and gaming. What are your thoughts about the use of social networks in the classroom, teachers connecting with students in online social environments and social networking sites in general for education?
Caroline Roche

Connect Safely |Safety Tips & Advice - 0 views

    safety tips for social networking
    Excellent site for parents and teens about internet safety for pupils. Parents guide to Facebook, cyberbullying, sexting and other really good tips

I.R.O.C.2 is Referral Networking Solutions' Business of the Month. - 3 views

    The Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication is very proud to be named Referral Networking Solutions business of the month. In recognition of this accomplishment, the Institute has been highlighted in a piece by the Digital Magazine, 24Seven!

Finally! An online quiz worth taking | - 29 views

    This free online quiz measures the likelihood of running into a life-altering problem, due to irresponsible online behavior.
Roberta Bandfield

A Thin Line : - 27 views

    Interesting Cyber Safety lessons for teens.
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