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  1. George-you have hit on a big part of relationships which I feel transcends parent/child and can actually be part of teacher/student relationship as well: collaborative communication. When we collaboratively communicate with one another, we feel as though we fit together in a way that moves us beyond anything we could have done individually. Whether that is the family unit or the class as whole, we have a need to feel this, it is a human need and one that sets us apart. You speak of empathy which is part of this process as well. As parents and teachers we can let kids know we empathize with them and that we value who they are as individuals so that we can connect on a higher level. Eventually, as you said, our parenting roles that influence are replaced by peer roles that influence and what a great way to lay the ground work for determining who our kids will be, as you suggested by being there for their first experiences with social media. I think a lot of parents struggle with this because we lack an understanding of social media because we feel disconnected from it. I know that I did not have much exposure as a young child to social media so I often think how will I integrate these opportunities for learning into my young child’s life? Maybe we should have social media crash courses for parents so they can play with things like twitter and snap chat so that it’s not so foreign to them when their kids want to use it!

  2. George – Well said! The video offers a powerful visual reminder to all of us as parents and teachers to step back and allow our youngest learners to struggle. Who knows how many times the little guy had cast his line only to reel it back in without having caught a fish. The dad was right there supporting, encouraging, and allowing his child to develop his own “learning muscles” through success and failure. Thank you for sharing so eloquently!

  3. “Adults need to get in so they can be a part of the conversation, without necessarily taking it over. As a parent and educator, we will sometimes overstep and sometimes we will miss an opportunity to support. That is why both roles are so complex.”

    I remember Danah Boyd made a pretty interesting comparison between public transit and social media in “It’s Complicated”. In short, she writes that we need to approach social media conversations in a similar way to conversations that occur all around us when we ride a bus. Just because conversations are happening in a public space, does not mean that everyone is invited to join.

    You’re right George, these are really complex digital spaces. I’m not sure that one size will ever fit for all; however, seeking to understand the digi tools and the communities that use them is a great first step.

  4. “Adults need to get in so they can be a part of the conversation, without necessarily taking it over. As a parent and educator, we will sometimes overstep and sometimes we will miss an opportunity to support. That is why both roles are so complex.”

    I remember Danah Boyd made a pretty interesting comparison between public transit and social media in “It’s Complicated”. In short, she writes that we need to approach social media conversations in a similar way to conversations that occur all around us when we ride a bus. Just because conversations are happening in a public space, does not mean that everyone is invited to join.

    You’re right George, these are really complex digital spaces. I’m not sure that one size will ever fit for all; however, seeking to understand digi tools and the communities that use them is a great first step.

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  6. Snapchat is also a great app for teachable moments with your kids. A few months back, our daughter had the iPad and was snapping some video of her brother acting goofy. It was harmless until she made a comment that was making fun of him and put him down. When we got the Snap on our phones it was the right time to sit down and talk about how she was treating her brother and what that would feel like if she was the one who was being made fun of in a video

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