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Update 25 August 2010:

In 2010 I am transitioning to the website wiki.wesfryer.com for my handout and presentation/workshop links. I'm not taking content here on PBworks offline, but I have added this "update header" to all my pages as well as adding direct links to more updated versions of these pages as I mirror them / create them on wiki.wesfryer.com. There are 146 pages here on teachdigital.pbworks.com. - You can browse these in page view in addition to using the four category links provided on the homepage. Note this wiki was previously mapped to "handouts.wesfryer.com" but that domain mapping is no longer available.


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Safe Digital Social Networking (DSN) -or- Proactive Approaches to Address Cyberbullying and Digital Social Networking

Generally adults help young people learn to drive safely before giving them car keys and turning them loose on the streets of the world. Young people also need guidance and adult assistance to learn how to safely navigate the virtual environments of the 21st Century. Schools must be proactive, rather than merely defensive, in helping students acquire the skills of digital citizenship needed today and in the future. Simply banning read/write web tools on school networks is an inadequate response: Educators must strive to learn alongside students and parents how these technologies can be safely and powerfully used to communicate and collaborate.


Video clips related to this topic are linked on my "Videos for Professional Development page" under the heading "Cyberbullying Prevention, Internet Safety, Safe DSN."


Examples of Constructive Social Media Use

  1. Club Penguin
  2. Webkinz
  3. VoiceThread - Getting a new Haircut - Great Book Stories
  4. YouTube -NASA eClipsSarah's Response to President Obama
  5. Film on the Fly - Go Green, Go Electric
  6. Groupthing
  7. Celebrate Oklahoma Voices (Statewide oral history project)
  8. The T-Bird Times: The Northfield Community School Newspaper / Multimedia Club (Northfield, New Jersey)
  9. FHN Today (St Louis High School Newspaper)
  10. Learning Signs (Our Family Learning Blog)
  11. The Power of Youth Voice: What Kids Learn When They Create With Digital Media (Nov 18, 2009 - free webinar: Thanks Kevin Jarrett

Related Articles and Links 

  1. Students suspended for racy slumber party pics, file lawsuit (2 Nov 2009)
  2. "Our 21st Century Challenge: Developing Responsible, Ethical and Resilient Digital Citizens by Robyn Treyvaud" (my post from 18 Sept 2009)
  3. Internet Safety Task Force study published in 2008: Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies
  4. Students Competing For Slots At Elite Colleges Resorting To "Facebook Sabotage" (23 Oct 2008)
  5. Teenagers’ Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing (NY Times, 19 Nov 2008)
  6. www.allofme.com (creates a timeline of your online digital footprint)
  7. Survey of Oklahoma Schools Shows One in Three Students Involved in Bullying (8 Oct 2008 - based on 2005 survey data not including cyberbullying)
  8. Study Debunks Web Predator Myths (6 March 2008)
  9. "Online 'Predators' and Their Victims: Myths, Realities and Implications for Prevention" (Feb-Mar 2008 - PDF)
  10. School Confiscates Cell Phones After Nude Photos of Junior High Girls Circulate (21 May 2008 - Galveston County, Texas)
  11. PBS Frontline Special "Growing Up Online" (January 2008 - entire documentary is viewable online)
  12. 96 percent of teens use social-networking tools: Survey reveals schools have a huge opportunity to harness technology for instruction (15 Aug 2007)
  13. No longer the MySpace of your youth (Oct 2006)
  14. We Are the Web (Wired Article August 2005)
  15. Dan Pink (author of "A Whole New Mind")
  16. A Proposal for Banning Pencils (PDF) by Doug Johnson
  17. Online Social Lives of Teens - MP3 podcast from NPR with Amanda Lenhart (PEW Internet senior researcher and Fred Stutzman (Univ of North Carolina Grad student, founder of ClaimID.com)
  18. Social networking stats
  19. 57% of teenagers create content for the Internet ( Amanda Lenhart, Mary Madden - 'Teen Content Creators and Consumers,' Nov 2005 report from the PEW Internet & American Life Project).

Web Environments and Tools



This presentation is also a full day workshop!


Previous presentations on this topic include:

Digital Citizenship in Libraries: Constructively Leveraging the Power of the Social Web

Pioneer Library System, Norman, Oklahoma. 12 November 2009 (Presentation slides as a PDF - 1.8 MB)

Oklahoma Safe and Healthy Schools Conference - 10 Nov 2008 ("Internet Safety, Social Networking and the Oklahoma School Security Act")

Oklahoma EncyloMedia Conference - 30 Aug 2007

Operation Aware, Tulsa, OK - 17 Aug 2007

ESC01 South Padre May 2007

KSDE April 2007 Presentations

COSN March 2007 Preso



Watch Vanessa Van Petten describe the reasons she thinks teens engage in social networking in the YouTube video: “For Parents: Why do Teens Use Social Networking Sites?”


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