We recently spoke with both a High School student and a counsellor about their experiences with the fallout around technology use. In the words of 15 year old Jay, "My friend got cyberbullied so much he had to leave school this year." With schools moving to a digital curriculum, there are some implications for students.
Parents and schools are having to deal with a range of new threats for teens, including suicide 'challenges' such as the highly disturbing Momo. This online game has quickly spread to several social media platforms including WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube.
Parents and teachers, you are (for the most part) digital immigrants, dealing with children growing up in the digital age who are experiencing a media-rich learning environment to hold their attention.
Cyberbullying or technology misuse is often the number one, non-academic issue that schools have to deal with on a daily basis.
Susan McLean, known as "Cyber Cop" is one of Family Zone's recommended cyber experts. She was recently interviewed by Radio NZ's 'Nine to Noon' on the topic of cyber safety for kids, and she has just released a revised and updated edition of her bestselling book 'Sexts, Texts, and Selfies'. You can access the full interview here.
Digital natives are entering a whole new world of opportunity, and schools are responsible for equipping students with the skills they need to be able to navigate the future of work.
There's been a high profile instance of stalking through online voice and text chat service Discord, with an NZ citizen about to face severe consequences for his actions. Troy George Skinner, 25, was shot in the neck while attempting to break into a US home. He began talking to a 14-year-old American girl using Discord earlier this year, and after the teen attempted to end their communication after three or four months, he then decided to fly to Virginia, US to meet the teen, purchasing duct tape and pepper spray when he arrived. It's every parent's worst nightmare.
How do schools balance data privacy with online safety? We spoke with lawyer Dr. Maria Pozza, who specialises in IT and cyber security.
Interface Xpo 2018, New Zealand's premiere EdTech event, provides a great opportunity to get up to speed with the latest in connected learning tools. Showcasing technology and eLearning innovation across three locations, it's also an opportunity to join the conversation about the digital curriculum and understand some of the challenges schools nationally are facing.