A Parents’ Guide to Facebook was designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life more effectively. That’s important because 1) if something goes wrong, we want our children to come to us and 2) as the Internet becomes increasingly social and mobile, a parent’s guidance and support are ever more key to young people’s well-being in social media and technology.
The guide features hands-on, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, as well as parenting points on safety, privacy, and reputation protection. It covers both cellphone and computer-based use of Facebook and the site’s newest features, including Places, Groups, and the latest privacy updates.
A Parents’ Guide to Facebook was written by Anne Collier and Larry Magid of ConnectSafely.org and published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition.
About ConnectSafely: ConnectSafely (connectsafely.org) is for parents, teens, educators, advocates and everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web. The user-driven, all-media, multi-platform, fixed and mobile social Web is a big part of young people’s lives and this is the central space linked to from social networks across the Web for learning about safe, civil use of Web 2.0 together. ConnectSafely advises the Internet industry, other non-profits and government on best practices and policies.
Co-directors Larry Magid andÂ Anne Collier, both journalists and Internet safety advocates, served on the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group and the Berkman Center’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force. They also operate SafeKids.com and NetFamilyNews.org. ConnectSafely’s supporters include Google, TrendMicro, AT&T, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, AOL, Loopt, Togetherville, Symantec, Glympse, and Tiny Planets.
About the Internet Keep Safe Coalition: The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe.org) is an international coalition of more than 100 leaders worldwide with a shared vision of seeing generations of the world’s children grow up safely using technology and the Internet. Coalition members include policy leaders, industry, public health, child advocacy, law enforcement, and education experts, working together to bring all communities into full digital citizenship. iKeepSafe tracks global trends and issues surrounding Web-based products and develops positive, research-based resources to teach the safe and healthy use of connected technologies. Internationally, iKeepSafe has outreach programs in Australia, China, Dubai, Nigeria, the UK and US. IKeepSafe is a member of Egypt’s Cyberpeace Initiative with First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, the EastWest Institute’s Cybersecurity initiatives, and the International Telecommunication Union’s Child Online Protection Initiative.
To help mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy this month, David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and Caroline Kennedy, President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, recently unveiled, the nation’s largest online digitized presidential archive, providing unprecedented global access to the most important papers, records, photographs and recordings of President John F. Kennedy’s thousand days in office.
There is a great section on this website for teachers. Here are just a few of the items you will find:
1. Innovative lesson plans and online exhibits featuring archival materials to tailor your classroom’s needs.
2. Lesson plans and special programs to engage your students in civic affairs.
3. New Frontiers Newsletter for Educators. Read about upcoming programs and recent projects and events, and download classroom-ready activities on history and civic education topics.
Here is a guide from the NIE Institute available for download. It is called “Using the Newspaper to Teach Secondary Language Arts.” This 57-page guide provides secondary language arts activities which use the newspaper as the learning resource.
Here’s a fun activity for you and your kids. It is called Comic Creator and is from readwritethink.org created by Thinkfinity/Verizon Foundation. The Comic Creator invites children and teens to design their own comic strips. Their creations can be just for fun or as part of more structural learning activities: planning writing activities, before – and after – reading activities, and responding to books.
How it works: Children and teens create comic strips online by choosing backgrounds, characters, and props. They can also write dialogue using speech bubbles. There is a Comic Strip Planning Sheet, a printable PDF that comic creators can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final comics. When the comics are completed, they can be printed out and shared.
I just received the January newsletter from Central High School in Grand Forks. I found an event you may want to check out from the Parent Information Center. Corporal Travis Jacobson who is the Drug Recognition Expert with the Grand Forks Police Department, has a wealth of “inside” information for parents in his Drugs and Society presentation on Monday, Jan. 10, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, in the Rider Room at Red River High School in GF. This event is free and open to any parents and/or concerned adults only. TO REGISTER, please call (701)787-4216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to take a second look at the statistics of just how powerful the parent role is in preventing drug use among children and teens.
As parents, we know drug use affects some children; the reality is… drug use affects all of us. Did you know:
Only 31% of teens â€œlearn a lot about the risk of drugs from their parents
4.5 million American kids have reported that they have abused prescription drugs
Over half of teens do not see a great risk in abusing prescription drugs or over-the counter medications
Many parents are unaware that prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications
(OTC) are quickly becoming the new “party” drugs for many youth and that danger lies in your own medicine cabinets. Medicine cabinets can be a potential source of drugs for teenage abuse. Today, young people can also purchase these drugs online. Parents are often unaware of the methods employed by today’s youth in obtaining drugs.
Corporal Jacobson has been in law enforcement for 11 years, the last nine and a half years in Grand Forks. He became a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) in 2004 and a DRE Instructor in 2008. Most recently, he was named the Course Manager for the State of North Dakota and is heavily involved in training on Drugs and Alcohol.
In his presentation “Drugs and Society,” Corporal Jacobson will talk about what a DRE is and what he can do for you. He will also talk about what is going on with teenagers when it comes to drug use and discuss the current trends of illicit drug use, prescription pill abuse and drug addiction. His talk will also cover the signs and symptoms to look for when it comes to drug use and abuse. This presentation will give you a whole new outlook on the problem of drug abuse right here in our area.