On the wire – Digital citizen, 7 things and more

In this update of on the wire we have a variety of resources including some brilliant digital citizenship videos.

1. Exposed – CEOP -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ovR3FF_6us Exposed is the latest release from the CEOP, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. This video examines  sexting from the perspective of a young person. This 10 minute videofor 14 to 18 year olds.

Also produced by CEOP is concequenceshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK5OeGeudBM&feature=relmfu

Check out the CEOP websitehttp://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16/

this is an issues facing schools around the world – here are some current articles

2. 7 things you should know – ipad apps for learning http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutiPadA/223289 This is one of the ongoing series of resources for educators. it focuses on the variety of applications available for the iPad. Recent briefs include:

3. Divided attention disorderhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12406677 – This article examines Divided Attention Disorder or DAD – it looks at the effect of technology on attention and concentration. This is worth reading. Other recent articles include



Its not suprising really, when you think about it. The cell phone, which is an extension of some many of our students brains, is potentially being used for SEXTING!!!

What is Sexting? Well have a look at the wikipedia article on it (yes it is suitable and not in any way shape or form inappropriate) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexting Its interesting that they have cited incidence in NZ as well as the US and UK.

In the US students/kids are being charged with pornography charges and convicted, because they are sexting. The impact of this is potentially devastating – how many countries will refuse entry to someone convicted of sex crimes? How many companies will refuse to employ? How many doors like teaching, police, etc are now closed?



But it does not end there, Bullying resulting from sexting is claiming lives as young people are stressed and harassed to the point where they feel that suicide is there only way out.

Here are some sexting stats

“The percent of teenagers who have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves:

  • 20% of teenagers overall
  • 22% of teen girls
  • 18% of teen boys
  • 11% of young teen girls ages 13-16

The percent of teenagers sending or posting sexually suggestive messages:

  • 39% of all teenagers
  • 37% of teen girls
  • 40% of teen boys

Source: http://www.pcsndreams.com/Pages/Sexting_Statistics.html

Obviously we can not BAN Cell Phones. Sexting is not limited to schools, so Banning a cell phone at school just slightly restricts the time taken to send the message.

Prosecutions, will do little except ruin the lives of some individuals, and I must ask for what benefit?

What is needed is UNDERSTANDING by the students/teens of what this is and what the consequences are? But students and teens are not alone here, parents too must be educated.

The kids need to know that our digital foot prints are permenant, and that the image they share with their girlfriend or boyfriend is not a private moment between just them but potentially a public display to their friends, peers, families and beyond.

I wonder how many realise this after they have clicked send? Unsend on a cell phone?