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Talking to parents about Digital Citizenship Mike Ribble, Ed.D. District Director of Technology Manhattan-Ogden School District Manhattan, KS Have We/Are We Changing? Do we still feel the same about others and their cell phone use? Do we think about ours?

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talking to parents about digital citizenship

Talking to parents about Digital Citizenship

Mike Ribble, Ed.D.

District Director of Technology

Manhattan-Ogden School District

Manhattan, KS

have we are we changing
Have We/Are We Changing?
  • Do we still feel the same about others and their cell phone use? Do we think about ours?
  • Do we try to do too much at one time (multi-tasking)?
  • Are we sharing more information than we should (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)?
  • Where will be in another five years?

Raising A Digital Child

marshall mcluhan the medium is the message
Marshall McLuhan – The Medium is the Message

Technology as Extensions of the Human Body: In our continuing look at Marshal McLuhan, the man who coined the term "global village" and the phrase "the medium is the message," we will reflect on what he had to say about the various ways human beings extend themselves, and how these extensions affect our relationships with one another. First, we must understand what McLuhan meant by the term "extension(s)."

  • An extension occurs when an individual or society makes or uses something in a way that extends the range of the human body and mind in a fashion that is new.
  • Every extension of mankind, especially technological extensions, have the effect of amputating or modifying some other extension. The telephone extends the voice, but also amputates the art of penmanship gained through regular correspondence.

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what are the issues for parents related to technology
What are the Issues for Parents Related to Technology?

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original concern of digital citizenship identification
Original Concern of Digital Citizenship - Identification
  • …a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago (New York Times, Jan.20)
  • …There needs to be a tidal shift in outlook by adults. The first stage of recovery is admission and acknowledgment. Now, the real work can begin. Engage, create, innovate and challenge kids with media. They can and will rise to heightened expectations. (Letter to the Editor)

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are we ready to begin addressing the problems
Are We Ready To Begin Addressing the Problems
  • What is our focus?
  • How do we get to the core issues?
  • What are the most important skills?
  • How will we teach?
  • What is the responsibility of home, what is the focus of schools?

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time to get back to basics
Time To Get Back To Basics

We need to look at the basic skills and begin building curriculum to reach them.

Technology is a tool – how we use it will determine its use/misuse.

The focus cannot be on applications/ technologies only. Look down the road.

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blooms taxonomy before revised
Blooms Taxonomy – Before/Revised
  • Knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Evaluation
  • Remembering
  • Understanding
  • Applying
  • Analyzing
  • Evaluating
  • Creating

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where do we begin where do we go
Where Do We Begin – Where Do We Go

What skills do students come to school today?

- How do we identify them with incoming students?

What should we expect for the future?

- Are there new skills or updating the old?

What are the skills they should leave school?

- Do we need to change?

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so where do parents fit in
So Where Do Parents Fit In?

Technology use up in kids, parents losing ground - By Leanne Italie, Associated Press Writer

Continued from the Kaiser Report:

Only about three in 10 said their parents have rules about how much time they can spend watching TV or playing video games.

But 47 percent of heavy media users among those surveyed said they earn mostly Cs or lower, compared with 23 percent of light users. The study classified heavy users as consuming more than 16 hours a day and light users as less than three hours.

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harvard study 2008
Harvard Study – 2008
  • Enhancing Children Safety and Online Technologies by Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard in conjunction with AOL, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc.
  • Recommendations for parents: 1) Educate themselves about Internet; 2) Evaluate effectiveness of tools (e.g., parental control); 3) Should be engaged and involved in Internet use of children; 4) Know the risks that minors face online; 5) Attentive to high-risk minors in their community; 6) Recognize when to seek help from others – including schools.

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but what do we need to do
But What Do We Need To Do?
  • Step Back and Evaluate – Not Every Technology’s Goal Was Education. (4-Stage Model).
    • Awareness and Understanding (next slide).
    • Guided Practice
    • Modeling and Demonstration
    • Feedback and Analysis
  • Come Up With a Plan from Top to Bottom. If we want students to have a skill when they reach a certain age how do we build.
  • Follow Through – The worst thing is to start a plan and not complete it (better if no plan at all).

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things parents need to know social networking
Things Parents Need to Know – Social Networking
  • Users on Facebook, as well as other social networking sites need to think about what they are showing the world.

From 3 Financial Dangers of Social Media by Claes Bell (

-Employment, Debt Collectors, Scams are main dangers (financially)

  • Do we need to have others permission for everything that is posted? (video online)
  • Do children today have a different idea of privacy?

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another issue to alert parents sexting
Another Issue to Alert Parents– Sexting

One Example: Kansas Statue 21-3516

Sexual Exploitation of a Child

(2) possessing any visual depiction, including any photograph picture, film, video, digital or computer generated image or picture…where such visual depiction of a child under 18 years of age is shown or heard engaging in sexually explicit conduct

(4)(c) …severity level 5, person felony

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what are the responsibility of schools families
What are the Responsibility of Schools/Families

Cell phones – do we allow in classroom (is it a requirement for school ?) Do we then have a separation of haves and have nots? Is it then Ok if they take a call, text their friends, check their Facebook.

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what do parents need to do
What Do Parents Need To Do?
  • Begin in our homes discussing what is considered appropriate. Sounds easy, but they need resources.
  • Keep up with the issues that affect children and technology.
  • Encourage schools to begin teaching appropriate technology use for the future.
  • Set boundaries for children.
  • Provide alternatives to being on the computer, cellphone, video game, etc.

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others are following same path
Others Are Following Same Path
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) identified Digital Citizenship for Teachers and Students.
  • PBS Frontline Digital Nation
  • May need to use to get some funding – USAC (E-Rate).
  • Organizations, blog sites, support systems – DigiParent.Ning.Com.
  • San Elijo M.S.

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what questions do you have

What Questions Do You Have?