Tag Archives: education
Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by lynette.
This is a story about Apple and a group of angry parents whose kids did something they shouldn’t have.
It involves allegedly deceptive marketing practices, app-loving minors, parents who can afford to let their kids have or use Apple devices, and a class-action lawsuit against one of the most cash rich companies in the world.
Posted on 05. Feb, 2013 by lynette.
For the last 3 years, we’ve been asking young people across the US and Canada to tell us in 2 minutes or less their stories about safe, responsible technology use. They’ve responded with enthusiasm and creativity; they’ve entertained and moved us.
Our contest themes have varied each year. As a result we’ve seen a wide range of entries: how social networks are used, how cell phones are misused, or how bullying makes people feel and act, for better or worse.
This fourth time around, we’re sticking to the format that’s worked so well so far. We hope to again see some inventive storytelling on film. We’d like contestants to continue using social media to spread their message. And we’re ready to give out some very big cash prizes again.
But this year, we’ve changed a few things – hopefully for the better.
Posted on 04. Dec, 2012 by lynette.
It’s so easy to share photos using mobile social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. The fact that we can capture something we’ve seen and need to share immediately with our friends and family is an amazing ability. One tap and you have a picture. One more and you have a massive audience for it.
During Hurricane Sandy, Instagram logged around 1.3 million photos tagged with the word #sandy. These were images taken by the public and shared with the world, so the rest of us could see what was happening, up close and in near real-time. It will go down as another shining example of social media’s usefulness and power to do good.
But the same tools can be misused, to the detriment of the person using it. We’ve seen a current trend among youth around the world taking and photos of private information in and sharing them in public places. Before giving your kids a smart phone this holiday, be aware and ready to give your kids the right guidance.
Posted on 21. Sep, 2012 by lynette.
In an age when everyone can author or share information to a mass audience almost instantly, it is more critical than ever to develop and sharpen our ability to discern the credible from the implausible things we see online.
There are many purveyors of false or biased information on the Internet – a company seductively advertising the effectiveness of its weight loss product, a politically-motivated organization hoping to persuade you to vote for their cause, a hacker attempting to fool you into clicking on something that infects your computer with malicious software.
Thankfully, among the mounds of information we find online, there is also the credible and the safe. It’s a good habit to have and teach others how to figure out which is which. I believe the skill to do this is made up of 2 basic things: information literacy and information security.