Spies Like Us: Facebook, Parents, and Teen Privacy

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I came across this graphic last week, and had a real guttural feeling about it.  But, I promised myself I’d take a full week to mull over what I was feeling, and why.  Click inside to find out why I think this graphic doesn’t bode well for our kids. Continue reading

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Google+ Circles the Classroom

Google+ is starting to gain some traction — albeit it small, compared to Facebook and Twitter — but, it might not find a niche as a way to replace Facebook and Twitter as social tools for personal and professional use.  It might actually be the perfect tool to finally bring a universal social networking tool into the classroom.

I look at some of the ways Google+ can change the social network game in education after the jump.

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Don’t Double-Dip Your Social Network Chips

Social Networks are Like Chips ‘n Dip: Take a Thought, Post it Once, and Move On!  No Double-Dipping!

It’s ridiculous out there.  Seriously.  MySpace used to be all you need.  Yes, it was horrible, and the HTML editing allowed for the most atrocious setups, but at least everything was contained in one area.  Now, we have many options.  Facebook and Twitter, while not being the only choices, are certainly the two top contenders.

Then, just two weeks ago, Google had to go and muck it all up by getting into the game (again, after not doing so well their first two times).  Now, we have three top contenders, since Google isn’t going anywhere (and, frankly, I think Google+ may end up being the better product).  Add to that other services we use to manage and share our digital lives — Flickr, Delicious, Picasa, Diigo, and more.  How do you wrangle all of these?  Well, you have some options.

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All Together…Finally: Togetherville Brings Your Younglings to the Social Network Table

A new social network has popped up.  No, don’t roll your eyes, as you attempt to convey your annoyance and fatigue with yet another crop of newcomers trying to dethrone the security-free king, Facebook.  This one aims to do something much more ambitious than usurp Facebook.  It’s trying to indoctrinate your children!

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Well, not really.  In fact, Togetherville (still in Beta) has created a mission to help your children aged 6-13 make quality, informed decisions about how they represent themselves online.  It’s no longer a question of if you let your child communicate online, it’s now a question of how.

It’s amazing how far the Internet has come.  It used to be we were all fearful of the one-way communication that would feed itself into our children’s brains as they were assaulted by inappropriate images, text, and videos.  We’ve come to get a grasp on that, and how to handle it.  Now, the new big-bad is the two-way communication.  Why would I ever let my child post their name on-line?  Why would I ever let them post anything personal (even as benign as “Had fun in PE today!”) on-line?  You know what I’m going to say…they will do it, even if you don’t let them.

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