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Yesterday Mrs Schelfhout and myself had the pleasure to listen to Professor Donna Cross as she spoke to a group of Catholic educators about the most current research around cyberbullying and online behaviour in our youth. The development of personal knowledge for all adults and children is vital in ensuring that online behaviour is able to be both a positive and educational experience. The following quote from the website I believe clearly explains our purpose when using technology with our children.
To better guide young people in the safe use of technology, it is important we are aware of our own technological capabilities and strive to understand how and why young people today are different to those who did not experience the current technological environment. This will assist us to bridge the digital divide that may exist between generations (Ormiston, 2010) and better engage with young people in the classroom or in our homes.
The best analogy that Professor Cross gave us today certainly hit the spot with me personally.
If we see technology like a swimming pool we really have two options. We can, like when I was a primary school aged student my parents never allowed me to go into water in case I drowned, so I never learnt to swim until I was almost 20. By then, all the opportunity to embed a really good swimming technique was gone and I make do with a few poorly executed swimming strokes. We can be afraid of what technology can provide, and yes, if we don’t understand the basics it can feel like you are metaphorically drowning. Our other option is to embrace and better understand who the technology can be used appropriately. Like the swimmer, if we spend time practising good technique then we embed this learning and it becomes automatic.
Our school will from the beginning of 2015 help parents better understand how technology can be used more effectively in the home environment by providing more parent usage and information sessions that focus on what parents feel that they need to know, and in doing so , hopefully we can get our children to become better and more skilled at using technology appropriately in all environments and situations.
God bless and have a great weekend.