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How Young is Too Young for Kids to Start Social Networking?

What’s the appropriate age to start logging onto social networking sites? According to the Terms of Service for Facebook, at least, the answer is 13. But that doesn’t stop thousands of younger children from signing up. According to Facebook’s chief privacy adviser Mozelle Thompson, Facebook removes about 20,000 users a day who are underage. Should … Continue reading How Young is Too Young for Kids to Start Social Networking? →

Do Social Networking Sites Work for Learning?

“Our mission is to make the world one big study group,” says Phil Hill, chief executive of OpenStudy, a social-learning site that started as a project of Emory University and Georgia Tech. The quote is in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, which lists up-and-coming sites that combine social networking and learning. … Continue reading Do Social Networking Sites Work for Learning? →

What Does the Public Know About You?

Earlier this year, Katie Stansberry conducted an experiment in the social media class she teaches at the University of Oregon. Here’s her first-person account. Every term I struggle with a conversation I have with my students at the start of the class. Because I teach about social media, I have a frank discussion with my … Continue reading What Does the Public Know About You? →

11 Tips on Avoiding Social-Networking Gaffes

We can’t avoid dipping into social media any more than we can avoid Googling questions. But we can circumvent unfortunate and unintended consequences when it comes to navigating the social media world. ESchoolNews rounds up 11 ways for the education community to embrace the best of social media, and to tread carefully along the way. … Continue reading 11 Tips on Avoiding Social-Networking Gaffes →

A New Facebook-Like Network for Teachers

I wanted to share this press release that just arrived in my inbox from State Schools Chief Jack O’Connell: New Online Forum for Teachers to Collaborate, Innovate, and Improve Student Achievement Web Tool will Help Teachers Close the Achievement Gap A new Web 2.0 tool designed to encourage teacher collaboration and innovation called Brokers of … Continue reading A New Facebook-Like Network for Teachers →

How to Help Kids Be Safe and Comfortable With Social Media

“Shutting them off is wrong,” said Mandeep Dhillon, CEO and Co-Founder of Togetherville, a social network for kids, at the “Learning in a Digital Age” conference, referring to blocking kids from the Internet in order to keep them safe. “The more transparency we have, the easier we can engage them to help make them safe … Continue reading How to Help Kids Be Safe and Comfortable With Social Media →

DOE: Use Social Networks to Find Best Digital Textbook Resources

When it comes to digital interactive textbooks, the “highest quality resources are important,” said the DOE’s Karen Cator. “We’re trying to use the power of the masses to push the best possible resources out there to bubble up.” “There are entire new ways of looking at textbook adoption,” she said. “It’s very important to find … Continue reading DOE: Use Social Networks to Find Best Digital Textbook Resources →

How to stop online bullying

Flickr: Hannahgal Bullying by text. As federal officials convene this week to find ways to prevent online bullying, parents can start taking action at home to help their kids take control of their digital worlds. A New York Times article today advises parents to closely monitor all the social networks they belong to and be … Continue reading How to stop online bullying →

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