Social Networking Classes to be Introduced in schools?

Ez - posted on 07/20/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Another teenager took her own life in Sydney two days ago, reportedly after being cyberbullied. It has prompted calls from some groups to include formal classes on Internet safety and etiquette in schools.



Personally, I would fully support this move. I see it the same way as I see sex ed. Ideally, it is something that parents should be discussing on a regular basis with their children, and keeping an open dialogue about. But the reality is that many parents don't. And it is not fair (or safe) for the kids who miss out on this information.



Would you support a structured class on this topic? Do you think it would help?

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Tara - posted on 07/21/2011

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Yes I would support a class, for the same reasons I support sex ed in schools, it should happen at home but that doesn't ensure it will.
Giving kids tools and information at an early age about social networking etc. is important but also will provide a safe place and a safe someone to tell if there is something going on that needs to be reported.
Fully supportive here and would love to see similar classes in the elementary schools here, highschool is too late. Most kids are using the internet, cell phones etc to communicate at ages as young as 10.

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Internet safety should be taught in ICT lessons as well as in social study classes it is as important as teaching younger children stranger safety.

Ez - posted on 07/21/2011

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I agree Nikki. This girl apparently had 2000+ people on her friends list. That is blatantly unsafe, and completely ridiculous.

Nikki - posted on 07/20/2011

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Fantastic idea, but I fear it wont come soon enough. It has taken years to overhaul the new national curriculum, introducing new subjects takes a lot of time. Maybe they need to look at alternative methods of introducing it in the meantime, like part of social studies, discussions in school assemblies etc because it is needed now.

Jenny - posted on 07/20/2011

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From the title I thought it was regarding teaching people to USE Facebook and thought, no, they didn't need assistance in that department.



Anyways, this is essential, kids need to really be educated that everything they post online is FOREVER. The thought of my child being embarrassed publicly like that, as they find their place in the world, terrifies me. Few of us dealt with that as teens (and I'm certainly thankful for it). I would definitely support a course to teach them how to cope in the information age.

Jodi - posted on 07/20/2011

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Absolutely. Social networking can be very complicated. Many PARENTS don't understand it, and without understanding it, it can be very difficult to be able to properly supervise and instruct our children. I know I've had regular discussions with my son, and he is absolutely clueless about his privacy options on Facebook, and he had no idea pedophiles pretended to be teenagers, etc, and the risks of friending people that were not his RL friends. I keep a very close eye on these things. But I know many parents don't. And teens are very naive. Formal classes would be VERY beneficial to them, right from about Year 5 or 6.

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