Topics of Discussion • Then VS Now • What are your kids doing? • Are things really that different? • Popular Games, devices, activities • Terms You Should Know • Internet Slang (Handout) • Internet Safety
1. ATM 2. Pay at the Pump 3. Chatting 4. Online Dating 5. Online Shopping 6. Online Gaming 7. DVD Players in Cars 8. Navigation Systems 9. Virtual Pets 10. Guitar Hero Touch Screens. Don’t encounter teller Don’t encounter attendant Less “real world” conversations, even fewer phone conversations People are seen as pictures and profiles, not individuals. Don’t encounter clerks Kids don’t get out and play anymore! Don’t ask for directions. No more Eye-Spy As Technology Changes, So Does Socializing
All the world’s a stage - William Shakespeare
Communication Evolves • E-mail • Chatting • Gaming • Texting • Blogs – Message boards with stories / ideas • Forums – Group discussions about a specific topic (games, politics, etc.) • Social Networking Sites • Photo Sharing Sites (Flikr)
What are your kids doing? • MySpace • You Tube • Chatting / Emailing • Text Messaging • Downloading Music • Posting Videos • Online Gaming
Runescape • RuneScape is a Java-based MMORPG operated by Jagex Ltd. • With over nine million active free players and more than 850,000 paying members, RuneScape is rated among the most popular online games in the world. • Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (Duh!!!)
Runescape Continued • Players are shown on the screen as customizable avatars. • They set their own goals and objectives, deciding which of the available activities to pursue. • Players interact with each other through trading, chatting, or playing combative or cooperative mini-games.
World of Warcraft is the world's leading subscription-based MMORPG. • World of Warcraft has reached a new milestone: • 8 million players worldwide, more than 2 million players in North America.
World of Warcraft • Players control a character (avatar) within a persistent game world, exploring the landscape, fighting monsters and performing quests on behalf of computer-controlled characters.
Club Penguin Facts • Kid friendly chat • Moderated environment • Owned by Disney (subsidiary) • Club Penguin has qualified for the Better Business Bureau - Kid's Privacy Seal of Approval. • Designed for ages 6-14.
Guitar Hero Facts • The game features a guitar-shaped peripheral (resembling a miniature Gibson SG) as the primary controller to simulate the playing of rock music.
Online Games • Why are these games popular? • “Membership has it’s advantages.” • Become part of a community • Communicate with others • Change their appearance • Fantasy World • Mimics real world motions / interactions • Escape from reality
Social Networking Sites • MySpace (over 14) • Classmates.com • Facebook (over 13) • Friendster • Photobucket • Hi5 • Yahoo 360 • YouTube
YouTube • YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. • Violence • On their 6:30 PM bulletin on June 1, 2006, ITV News in the UK reported that YouTube and sites like it were encouraging violence and bullying amongst teenagers, who were filming fights on their mobile phones (see happy slapping), and then uploading them to YouTube.
Text Twist Puzzle Express Typing Master Simon Hammerhead EyezMaze PowerPoint Intellectual Pursuits
What do you do? • Are you cooler than MTV, YouTube, WoW? • Are you a role model? • Are you fighting the system? • Are you participating in your child’s interests? • Do your kids want something? Make them create a PowerPoint about it first. • Do you watch South Park? • How did parents disarm Chimpokemon?
Safety Tips • Keep your computer in a central place in your house to supervise web sites that your child visits. • Have parental controls on sites that you feel are inappropriate for your child • Have an open communication with your child. Discuss the possible dangers of the Internet with him or her.
Safety Tips • Do not post photos with school names, license plates, or signs • Be aware of file names; posting a picture called kohser.jpg will eventually end up on Google.
Safety Tip • Can you show your child something cooler than WoW? MySpace?
Quiz TimeDefine These Terms • Avatar • MMORPG • Emoticon • Widget • Chimpokemon • Happy Slapping • Drifting • Blog • Peripheral
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