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  1. Ah, the safety of digital distance makes it so easy to be hateful. I'm with you. We all should behave ourselves. Our digital footprints will likely outlive us all.

  2. George a couple months ago you gave me the great Twitter advice that I didn't have see all the tweets tha came into my feed the first time because the ones that were really important and would really speak to me would keep finding their way in. This zen like advice was very reassuring to me as a newbie and now you prove it to be true with bud's tweet. I love it it. You get another big thanks from @1939ford9n

  3. Someone, and I can't recall a name at this point, wrote a blog post about teaching children that tend to be "un-likable.". Part of the discussion was remembering that every child is (or should be) someone's pride and joy. I like your perspective here.

    If it takes a village to raise a child, I believe that social media can expand the potential size of the village. I feel comforted knowing that there are many people helping me to look out for my kids through their digital presence, and it's my responsibility to the same for others. I think transparency helps us all take care of each other, and it helps to promote the great things we're doing with kids, too.

    Seth Godin posted this about transparency yesterday: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/04/w

    Thanks for your thoughts, as always.

  4. Great thought. That's something I try to remember every day with my students, especially when things get frustrating. Every child that walks into my room is someone's daughter or son way before they are my student. I think if this were my daughter, how would I want someone to treat her?

    – @newfirewithin

  5. Amazing, both you and Brian wrote about the same topic today. Check out his blog http://thesmalleroffice.wordpress.com/#!/entry/10
    I agree, we are always being watched, We are human, we must live our lives but at the same time set a good example. I like the analogy to reffing, My twins were linesman (people) last soccer season and my eldest son a ref, This year the twins decided against taking a course to ref because they were tired of being yelled at by parents of 7 & 8 yrs olds. I often sat on the sidelines or read a book nearby while the were lining a game. I fought the internal battle to stand up and say, "stop yelling at my child," Why do some parent feel it's alright to yell and argue and bully? Why do we as adults accept it t the soccer field or arena but not online? I have often considered video taping parents during my son's hockey games, I'd live to show the footage at the end of the game when we are all standing around the dressing rooms. Why do they yell while out in the viewing area but not in the snack bar area? I think it's because socially we accept terrible behavior in certain situations but not in others. It's time for all adults to step up and make a difference by being positive role models. Let's stop yelling at kids trying to do their jobs and refs doing their jobs.
    Let's just get along in all of our social situations online or on the sidelines.
    Angie

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  7. Sounds kind-a like the golden rule 'do unto others as you'd have them do unto you' or treat others as you wish to be treated. Whether in person or online – should be no difference. For sure, adults need to be in the online world with kids, teachers need to be guiding alongside parents. I think there aren't enough of either teachers or parents doing that yet. We are looking to use a "rights" and "responsibilities" approach to teaching kids digital responsbility next year rather than a do / do not method. This then assumes it is okay to be online but there are certain right ways and responsible ways to be there.

  8. peterdaley

    "What it is ultimately about is not that we are using social media, but about the person behind the tool. Often technology is what is blamed when we see needless attacks, but it is always the behaviour."

    Sorry, I have to disagree here. What is wrong is the social media….for children. Imagine, historically, how learned you would have to be to post a public bulletin. Today, because of easy access to digital media and a generation of parents who don't "get" how this hyper-digital environment is influencing their children, it's far too easy to spout off and assume you're not accountable for your typed words. Just look at how violent and destructive was the western advance of Europeans across North America in the 1800s. Where there are no rules and there is no accountability, the "wild west" takes over. Same goes for the digital frontier.

    We used to be so worried about teen-aged males behind the wheel. They take too many reckless chances, they aren't able to imagine the consequences of their actions, their brains have been taken over by testosterone…But it's okay to give a 15-year-old an I-phone and not expect bad things to happen? Seriously…we, as a culture, have lost all sense of reason and an willingness to enforce age-appropriateness when it comes to digital media.

    • georgecouros

      I agree with you Peter that it is not a good idea to just hand over an iPhone and let kids go for it. We are just asking for trouble. The problem is, this is what has been happening with many. There is a lack of education in this area. Do you believe that if we guide them in a safe and responsible manner, there are any positives of using this technology? If we don't teach them at 15, or younger, do we think they will be better at 18? At no point do we ever throw anyone in a car without training, so why would we do that with kids and the Internet?

      The age limitation for Facebook is 13 and many parents allow their children to sign up for this type of site. Should we not be working with them sooner?

      Thanks for your comment.

      • peterdaley

        Marshal McLuhan nailed it when he wrote, "The medium is the message." The "medium" in this case is blogs/ tweets/ texts/ Facebooks. The message is, "I must say something…." whether or not you have something thoughtful to say.

        I agree with you completely about the need to educate children in the use of social media. However, I think it is beyond our control as educators to form our students' on-line behaviour. We can influence it, but the formation comes from home and peer groups.

  9. Kellie

    A lovely sentiment. As a class teacher, when dealing with frustrating behaviours I always go back to the fact that "someone went to a lot of trouble to squeeze them out, and when they did they hugged them dearly and cried with love". It helps- doesn't solve the situation, but puts it into a better perspective

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