Dear Commons Community,
How young people use the Internet is a growing concern among educators. Beyond the hate, pornographic, and get-rich quick material, there is a kind of excessive flaming and bullying that goes on using social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace that follows young people years after they posted something that as adults they would likely regret if someone else saw it. In today’s NY Times, is an article about a curriculum called Common Sense that largely teaches young people how to behave online. It raises issues such as name calling (e.g., “Amy is a slut) or posting entries for personal diaries online that can come back to haunt the individual. While not necessarily the most serious issue facing educators, given the amount of time young people spend on the Web (as much as seven hours a day), Common Sense may be something that should be widely promoted.
The NY Times article is available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/09/education/09cyberkids.html?th&emc=th