Where Does That Little Voice Come From?

On Thursday, I had shared a post about “Young Canadians in a Wired World“.  As a refresher, here was the infographic from the research report.

Please include attribution to http://mediasmarts.ca/ycww with this graphic.

Young Canadiana Life Online

There’s lots to read and synthesize from the infographic.  Tim King noted the decline in parental involvement.

When I first read the infographic, I did get a smile from the thought of the 39% of students who sleep with their cell phone.  I’m not sure how that would work – I know that overnight has my phone plugged in and charging from my computer.

I really thought about the section where the students indicate just where they learned about online issues.

Excerpted from http://mediasmarts.ca/ycww

From students in Grades 4-6, the report indicates where students learned various elements about being online.

Now, I know that there’s the common wisdom that “kids know more about computers that I do”.  Really?  They may have the time to explore menu items, learn techniques through trial and error, etc.  So often, we hear the analogy that it’s like driving a car.  It’s the job of the parent to make sure that the student is educated in driving techniques.  Perhaps, but we don’t require all students to drive a school bus or to drive their own car to sporting events.

Yet, we do have an expectation of the use of computers and technology in the classroom.

Students blog, create websites, use email, design infographics, develop mindmaps, …

They do a great job and will often find that little item hidden in the menus or revealed by holding down the SHIFT and CTRL key at the same time or whatever!  But, before they click post, or like, or +1, where’s that little voice that we all have that says “this is good” or “this might be hurtful” or “this is wrong”?

Shouldn’t those numbers in the chart be 100%?

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