Soundbites From Day One of FOSI 2013, Conference Post #2
Posted by Marti Weston on November 7, 2013
I am drawing from my 30 pages of actual handwritten notes (handwritten because the seats were not a comfortable height for me to use my iPad).
In the Digital World
- Six billion people have access to a cell phone in today’s world — more than have access to clean toilets.
- The enemy of empowerment is fear and lack of expertise.
- Be the change that you want to see in the world. (a Gandhi quote)
- Children are using the Internet at younger and younger ages.
- Surveillance does not create safety — only the illusion of safety.
- Think less about digital citizenship. The Internet is a huge part of life and we are citizens on and offline.
- Digital world communication often eliminates a person’s visual and aural signals setting the scene for misunderstanding.
- Teens take many steps to maintain privacy and avoid identity theft.
- Today’s teens to not have the same concerns as adults about keeping things private.
- When it comes to advertising, teens tend to think that advertisers and corporations will not use their data.
- Bullying still happens much more at school than online.
- Teens and older children migrate to platforms that are simple, easy to manage, include pictures, and don’t have many adults.
- In the digital world the time between action and reaction is short. We need to help people build in reflection time.
- Building and strengthening a kid’s empathy is a key to addressing bullying.
- Only about 9% of kids think to go to their teachers with digital problems, because most pre-adolescents and teens perceive that the teachers don’t know that much.
- When teachers do speak about digital life issues, kids listen.
- In addition to critical evaluation and judgment skills, children and teens need to understand how things work in the social-emotional arena.
- Four skills are required to navigate our connected world: agency, choice, equity, and literacy.
- In today’s connected world we have to fight to do the offline things that we used to automatically do together.
- Children of all ages report their frustration with getting attention from parents.
- Fear has come to dominate a lot of today’s parenting styles.
- We need to teach parents to talk about the digital world early in the child-raising process.