The Connected Culture Q&A
What is this "Connected Culture?"The following is an excerpt of an article from Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org). To read the entire article click the link to the right.Our kids use media differentlyWe may think of our kids’ online, mobile, and technological activities as “digital life,” but to them, it’s just life. Their world is as much about creating media as it is about consuming it. Media devices have converged and become extremely powerful and portable. Phones aren't simply for phone calls but for listening to music, sending texts, filming videos, snapping and sharing photos, and accessing the Internet. Our kids use their computers, to do their homework, but they also use them to socialize, stream video, create movies and songs. And they can communicate or connect 24/7 from just about any location.5 Essential Facts of Digital Life
Kids are the creators. It’s all about participating, communicating, making music, images, videos, and posting written content. And the content that’s there? Kids must be able to know if it’s credible or not.
Everything happens in front of a vast, invisible, and often anonymous audience.
Once something is out there, it doesn’t go away. Everything leaves a digital footprint.
Information cannot be controlled. Anything can be copied, changed, and shared instantly.
Distance and anonymity separate actions and consequences. Kids think they can get away with unethical or unacceptable behavior because they don’t see immediate consequences
Internet Safety and Security TipsThis two-page document shares great advice for keeping you and your family safe online.
YourSphere for ParentsA great site with lots of great links to articles and information for parents who want to live a healthy digital life.
The Connected Culture Blog PostThis link takes you to the full article referenced to the left.
Text Lingo DecoderThis link has many popular text "phrases" that are used by teens. Want to know what your child's text means?
Get DigitalThis blog post talks about how parents are viewed by their children when it comes to digital life. There are also many links from this post that can help parents.