Bookmarked Looking for something in these Icarus moments – Dan Donahoo – Medium by Dan Donahoo (Medium)

And, I just want to write words again. Describe the world around me. Like the faded surf brand sticker that is almost translucent and sits in the corner of the window I look out from in my home office, with carpet disintegrating underfoot. It only slightly obscures the gums that reach up from across the road where an easement allowing water to flow down into what remains of suburban water ways (it has to go somewhere) means that no one will build a monstrosity there and cut them down. If I clean my glasses and squint I can make out the words above the faded logo that looks something like a wave.

“The Search,” it reads. And, that is what I’m still doing.

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Alannah & Madeline Foundation are seeking the perspectives of young people to help guide the future of the organisation:

In planning for the future, we’re commencing an exciting project that works alongside kids aged between 4 – 18 years of age to understand their perspectives, ideas and desires in order to better inform the way in which we represent and protect them today and into the future.

I remember wondering what the future of things like eSmart would be.

In planning for the future, we’re commencing an exciting project that works alongside kids aged between 4 – 18 years of age to understand their perspectives, ideas and desires in order to better inform the way in which we represent and protect them today and into the future.

I guess it starts with asking those it is designed for to help write the next chapter.

Bookmarked The micro-interactions, touchpoints and connections of the digital home by Dan Donahoo (Alannah and Madeline Foundation)

This Digital Home demonstrates that families use technology to support frequent micro-interactions that we are calling ‘touchpoints’. The frequency and immediacy of these digital connections strengthen relationships and family bond.

As a part of The Digital Home project, Dan Donahoo unpacks the way in which technology has changed our means of communication making micro-interactions more doable.
Bookmarked Are your words doing damage: how to talk to your teen and help stop cyber bullying (Parent Hub – Dolly's Dream)

The Dolly’s Dream video made by 15-year-old Charlotte McLaverty has taken our understanding of the impact of cyber bullying out of our heads.

Another great piece from Dan Donahoo on cybersafety and the importance of environment.
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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 (amf.org.au)

When we see media stories about children who have been exploited or suffered abuse as a result of engaging with the online world – 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 child’s digital life
  2. Be a part of your child’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 you’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 🤷‍♂️