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Useful Resources for Adults who work with Young People

18 December 2013

Thinking about buying your child a new smartphone, tablet, gaming system, or laptop this holiday season? Here are some downloadable cards to include with their gift.

Just CLICK on the card for the gadget you are buying, PRINT it out, and WRITE your house rules in the spaces provided

16 December 2013

Perhaps it it really is OK to always record the moments of our days with our devices..

 

'Ian MacKaye of Fugazi fame gave a talk at the Library of Congress last night and touted this now quite common argument,

I think that people are constantly thinking about capturing things that they're not actually present for the moment they're trying to capture. I'm quite sure of this. I think it's insane how many pictures have to be taken these days. We have to realize there's a level of documentation that's just chatter, it's noise'

 

Read Nathan Jurgenson's thought provoking blog post here

 

09 December 2013

"Facebook is the world's largest social network with more than 400 million people chatting and sharing their lives. It's important for parents to understand how social networks work so that you can help your child to stay safe online. But you might also be on Facebook and need a bit of help. With so many applications, external services and friend requests to deal with, keeping the right information private is becoming even more important."

 

Read more here.

26 November 2013

'From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights'

 

Read more here.

19 November 2013

'Recently we’ve seen the rise of a new wave of startups that give far more control back to users. They have avoided the public nature of Twitter and the – sometimes toxic – vagueness of Facebook which has happily moved from a private network to one where, frankly, you’re never quite sure what is public or not.'

 

Read the full article here.