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In danah boyd’s book It’s Complicated, she argued that:

A central challenge in addressing the sexual victimization of children is that the public is not comfortable facing the harrowing reality that strangers are unlikely perpetrators. Most acts of sexual violence against children occur in their own homes by people that those children trust.Page 110

Bookmarked Building trust helps the most in keeping our kids safe online

When we see media stories about children who have been exploited or suffered abuse as a result of engaging with the online world โ€“ all parents shudder. These stories provoke our worst fears and elevate our concern about the dangers of the internet.

Dan Donahoo responds to the recent hype around the banning of mobile phones in schools. Rather than focusing on safety designs and managing screen time, he suggests that we need to build trusting relationships with our children. He provides three strategies to support this:

  1. Be inquisitive about your childโ€™s digital life
  2. Be a part of your childโ€™s digital life
  3. Model the behaviours you expect

This reminds me of a post from danah boyd discussing the fear of digital addiction. She suggests:

  1. Verbalize what youโ€™re doing with your phone
  2. Create a household contract

There is no reason why the same could not apply in the classroom. I wonder if Matt Esterman’s notion of ‘Toolographies‘ supports this in that it helps fosters a more digitally informed citizen.

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I just finished reading Mike Monteiro’s Ruined by Design. A worthy read on the challenges of the web.
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Why hold back? Maybe they will just buy the lot ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ