Interesting Reflections by David Warlick on a session he sat in on. In this post he responds to common misconceptions about student use of technology and the reactions that many adults have to that use. Here’s a excerpt.
I would like to say just a few things in response to a session I sat through in the afternoon.
- 1 in 5 teenagers have not been sexually solicited by online predators, nor is the Internet full of sexual predators.
- Cell phones are not dangerous!
- IM is not insidious!
- MySpace is not a blog!
- and just because a child prefers that her parents not read her chat messages over her shoulder does not necessarily mean that she’s doing anything wrong.
Cyber-safety is too important an issue to be misrepresented for the sake of scare impact.