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Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 11/5/2015

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Tumblr is an unending streaming scrapbook of text, photos, videos, and audio clips. It pioneered the vibrant, graphic-rich, full-screen design that kids love (which is one reason Yahoo bought it for $1.1 billion 2013). And — with more than a million blogs — it remains one of the most popular places on the Web for creative types to design original pages, share cool things they discover, and follow others with similar interests. On Tumblr, the goal of many users is to be “reblogged” (as opposed to racking up likes, as with Instagram), which makes the service feel like a creative community bonded by shared interests — and not a popularity contest. Read full  Tumblr article here.

Tumblr is unique because of the wide variety of content that users can post from their phones or computers. Not only can they text and post photos, they also can offer up quotes, links, music, voice messages, and videos. It all shows up on a member’s page along with a stream of posts from people they’re following. This ability to post instantaneously can be a risk for impulsive teens (or any teens, really). Check out how to keep up with the latest social apps and websites teens are using  and check out the 15 apps and websites your kids are going to after Facebook!

Have a great week and don’t forget to use Common Sense.

Common Sense San Francisco Teen Panel Discussion

It was standing room only this morning @Hamlin School; we were honored to host the Common Sense San Francisco Teen Panel Discussion.

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The event was opened to San Francisco’s Common Sense Media Supporter Schools and a packed group of parents listened as Bay Area Director Dana Blum asked the panel about what it is like to be a middle schooler on October 21, 2015 – or “Back to the Future Day“.  Their responses were honest, clear, thoughtful, and at times surprising – we could not have had a better panel of students – thank you.  This week’s focus for Digital Citizenship week has been – it’s time to have the talk and Hamlin’s hope is that today’s panel will start a discussion in classrooms as well as homes.

The session was highlighted by not only this Huffington Post article on the tables as participants arrived, but also with this video:

examples of the many ways technology can be used to “fill buckets”

For the parents who could not make it this morning an audio recording is available here:

 


It was also a great day to announce that @Hamlin has gone beyond being a Common Sense Media Supporter School and yesterday was recognized as a Digital Citizenship Certified School.  As our vision is that “all Hamlin faculty are #digcit educators” recognition is shared and celebrated school wide.  That said, there were also six teacher leaders who were simultaneously recognized as Digital Citizenship Certified Educators for 2015-16: Ms. Brown, Ms. Davis, Mr. Dworkin, Mr. Lengel, Mr. Picketts, and Ms. Windell – thank you for your thoughtful guidance and work to ensure our girls are ready to meet the challenges of their increasingly digital times.

Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 10/7/2015

CS_supporter_school-BIGAt some point in your kid’s life, they will have to deal with Haters and Trolls. Haters and Trolls are people who go online, often anonymously, and write mean comments, sometimes with the goal of getting a response. Chances are if your kids are online, they will encounter both. Check out our video tips and information about cyberbullying on our Parent Concerns Cyberbullying platform .  Share these 5 tips with your kids to stop Haters and Trolls:

  1. Don’t Respond
  2. Ignore the message and move on
  3. Delete, Block or Unfollow
  4. Report the message with the community reporting tools or tell an adult
  5. Take Screenshots to save the evidence

Have a great week and don’t forget to use Common Sense