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While the online environment can be an exceptional learning environment, it can be a dangerous space for children to engage, explore and play. A new study discovers that parents say a key concern is the fear that their children will meet strangers online, followed closely by exposure to pornography, violent content and bullying.
But a parent’s level of concern for these and other online safety issues varies depending on their racial and ethnic background, researchers learned.
- White parents are the least concerned about all online safety issues;
- Parents of Asian and Hispanic descent are significantly more likely to be concerned about all online safety-related issues;
- Black parents are significantly more concerned than white parents about children meeting harmful strangers or being exposed to pornography, but not about other issues.
Women are more likely to repost images found elsewhere on the web than men.
Educators now have more opportunities to monitor students around the clock as students complain, taunt and sometimes cry out for help on social media. Services to filter and glean what students do on social networks are being offered by several companies, including automated tools to comb through off-campus postings for signs of danger. Whether school officials should or legally can punish children for their online, off-campus speech is an undefined area of the law.
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As a teacher, I believe it’s my job to warn kids about the dangers of being online—and to show them the benefits.
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A new study finds that older men and women who used the Internet are more likely to engage in cancer-preventive health behaviors.
Internet users were found to participate in screening for colorectal cancer, perform physical activities, eat healthier and smoke less compared with those who did not use the internet.
Pew found the following:
- 34 percent believe the Internet isn’t relevant to their lives; they have no interest or need
- 32 percent say it’s challenging or frustrating to go online; some of these people are also afraid of “spam, spyware, and hackers”
- 19 percent don’t want or can’t afford to pay for a computer and the associated access cost
- 7 percent “cited a physical lack of availability or access to the Internet”
Sites “directed to minors” must abide by new law in 2015—but what’s “directed to minors”?
Should teachers share their views, lives, and opinions online?
REVEAL: Some of the most popular cell phone activities in 2013. http://pewrsr.ch/1eUF9Id
Which ones do you do?
Clive Thompson on transactive memory and how to use the internet to make us smarter rather than dumber.
This method is also the essence of this excellent, if deceptively titled, piece on how to talk about books you haven’t read.
The role of location in digital life is changing.
- 74% of smartphone owners now use their phone to get directions or other info based on their current location.
- 30% of social media users have an account set up to include their location in posts.
- At the same time, there is a drop in the number of smartphone owners who use “check in” location services. 12% of adult smartphone owners say they use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends, down from 18% in early 2012.
Yet even as most smartphone owners use their phones abilities to get location-specific information, data from earlier surveys also shows that mobile users of all ages say they have turned off location-tracking features at some point due to privacy concerns:
- As of September 2012, almost half (46%) of teen app users say they have turned off the location tracking feature on their cell phone or in an app on a phone or tablet because they were worried about other people or companies being able to access that information.
- As of April 2012, in response to a different question, over a third (35%) of adult cell app users said they have turned off the location-tracking feature on their cell phone because they were concerned that other individuals or companies could access that information.
Read more in our new report out today: http://pewrsr.ch/185iqQ9