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This is a great article because it actually touches on a number of items related to Facebook. Some of these are real issues of security and safety whereas others are issues of social appropriateness and time wasting …

It’s a good read all around ..

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CNN.com Article

Take a look at the article (link above) to read the story about a principal from New Jersey who recently sent an e-mail blast out to all the parents in his school saying that parents should ban their kids from the use of Facebook due to the inappropriateness of the activity he was noticing …

This principal, first of all, should be applauded for taking a stand on something as too often people will just turn a blind eye to what kids are doing and brush it off as “oh well … kids will be kids” …

I think however this speaks to a larger issue of what is appropriate use of technology and also taking an active role in your children’s “online lives” …

I recently read in a book called “Sociable! – How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down”  that spoke about how kids today are, what they call, Digital Citizens. They are “wired to connect” with others around them and the technology options that are around them are meant to be used.

Appropriate use of technology, in the context of this article, is no different than appropriateness in social interaction when you meet someone face to face. If someone calls you a bad name online why should that be treated any differently than someone calling you a bad name face to face …I would dare say you have far more options available to you to deal with issues like this online than you do in face to face interaction …

Spend time with your kids talking about things like …

  1. What’s going on at school these days?
  2. How’s things going with your circle of friends and acquaintances ?
  3. What kind of cool stuff are you doing online?
  4. What kinds of things are being said online?

Showing an active interest in the kinds of things that your child is interested in creates an openness about their online activities and creates a much less threatening environment for them when it comes to talking with you about it..

Am I so naive as to think that we will know about “EVERYTHING” that goes on in my household online? NO!

At the same time though I have got to believe that spending time teaching kids about what is appropriate socially in the real world will naturally filter into their online activities … if someone calls you a bad name online… well… how would you deal with it in the real world?? Use it as a teaching opportunity with them …

Social Media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and others have many positive applications in our daily lives in our ability to connect with others across large distances and stay in touch with people whom we don’t have regular contact with …

To simply say “Get rid of it” because of the existence of abuse is the wrong approach and seems a little like “throwing the baby out with the bath water”

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