Soundbites From Day One of FOSI 2013, Conference Post #2

fosi2013Some of these ideas come from researchers describing the results of various studies. Others come from presenters’ comments. My apologies for not connecting individuals with their comments. 

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.

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