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How well are we preparing the typical primary school kid for life when they graduate in 2032?
Current attitudes to education around cybersecurity and online safety skew towards caution at all costs. We often focus on schools' duty of care rather than fostering skills and frameworks of digital ethics which empower students.
Danger - Kids - Mentality - Challenges - Parents
There is a danger we are letting kids down with a fear-driven mentality instead of engaging their challenges head on. Both parents and teachers can help kids in this capacity: let's take a look at how (tips below).
We educational technologists often have cybersecurity discussions with students, parents and teachers with digital fluency levels ranging from expert to little-to-no knowledge.
Parents - Teachers - Role - Technology - Kids
As parents and teachers we can understandably be fearful of the role of technology in kids' lives, however this can sometimes be a barrier to student learning.
Around six years ago, Wooranna Park Primary School in Victoria, Australia introduced new technologies that had an immediate positive influence on student outcomes. Yet some drew negative feedback from parents, due mainly to misconceptions and fear of the unknown.
Sandbox - Video - Game - Minecraft - Tool
Sandbox video game Minecraft is a powerful tool for collaborative learning. It provides an infinite 3-D space where students collaboratively learn just about anything you can think of: from numeracy and literacy, to 3-D printing, coding, science, financial literacy and art.
Many schools use Minecraft now. Yet it was met with a lot of trepidation from parents when first introduced as a learning tool at the school. One parent had specific fears about Minecraft ("isn't it about murdering babies or something?"), taking these directly to the principal, who took the time to share the benefits and provide detailed information. This particular parent now plays Minecraft with their children.
YouTube - School - Parents - Staff - Video
Likewise when YouTube was first allowed within the school, some parents and even staff were worried about it. However as a video...
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