IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE

IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE

IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE   Last spring I had 75 Grade 2&3 students in a classroom for an Internet Safety presentation. The room was buzzing with energy.  Elementary kids love, like really love, talking about the Internet. At one point, I asked the students to put up their hands if they believed that spending time online was “real life”.  Not one hand went up.  The room got quiet as they thought about what I was asking. Heads slowly began to shake back and forth. I asked why spending time online, either playing games or messaging friends was not real life.  The answers were astounding…and make sense, when you’re 7 or 8 eight years old.   “Your looking at a screen, and the screen is a thing, it’s not alive.” “You may be talking to a friend, but you can’t reach out and touch them…so it’s not real life because your friend isn’t actually there.” “The computer is made of...
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