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Tuesday, December 13, 2005



Thanks for the link!

I started thinking about this issue a couple of weeks ago, and sat down Sunday (12/10/05) to bang out a post, allotting two hours for the job. Boy was I naive! I've just posted part IV (which took about 5 hours ALONE) and I want to do a great job on recommendation to schools and parents. So have patience with me.

It's an important issue -- the way kids are using MySpace is really interesting and sometimes moving. Schools responding with a demonizing response (MySpace = BAD) are making the same mistake that was made with marijuana in the 1960s and 1970s (smoking marijuana will make you into a heroin addict. You laugh. My father said that to me in 1969.)

The news coverage of MySpace has been laughable, from a teen point of view. It has been almost entirely negative. The predators will get you, kids only use it to slam other kids, and it is useless.


Well, I’m really glad that you leapt in before you looked. I think that what you’re producing will be a fantastic resource and reference point.
In my previous life I worked around child abuse issues, and it still drives me crazy that we seem prepared to do almost anything rather than equip children with the knowledge, skills and rights they need to protect themselves. In the case of blogging, where some schools are literally barring access to a learner’s ability to express themselves, to participate in and create their own communities and cultivate a voice, it’s particularly grim.
This feeds very well into the discussion going on over at James Farmer’s blog on censorship and how we address it as a community: http://incsub.org/blog/2005/edublogs-being-blocked

I think this is a key issue for us at the moment, and one where we are in a position, as teachers, educational technologists and academics who blog, to help determine what it is that goes on in the classroom and the framework in which these issues are being discussed. It’s crucial that we get the internet out of the context of moral panic and firmly within the issue of children’s rights and education

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