21st Century Parenting – Challenges and Solutions
Lee Chisholm, Operations manager, NetSafe
This was an obvious choice as a session for me to attend, and it opened with an attention grabbing quote…
â€œThree times as many smart phones every minute are activated than there are babies being bornâ€ – Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson
This quote sets the stage for the overwhelming influx of technologies into our lives and especially the lives of our children. The problem is, parents are being fed these lines time and again to the point where many throw in the towel and give up trying to stay current with what their children are doing.
Even more worrisome than the parents giving up, is the parents abdicating the responsibility of teaching and modelling these skills to schools.Â Schools do not have the resources to do this stuff alone
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Digital Citizenship – Combating Cyber-bullying & Harassment
Stream led by:Â John FenaughtyÂ (NetSafe)
Perhaps the most notable example of standing up against bullying of recent times is that ofÂ 16-year old Australian Casey Haynes story (YouTube â€œFat Kid takes on Bullyâ€) a video that went viral both online and via traditional prime time media.
When asked,Â 33.2% of youth surveyed reported they had experienced some form of cyber-bullyingÂ in the past year andÂ 52.9% of those had found it distressing.
That’sÂ 17.6% of New Zealand youth surveyed having experienced ‘distressing cyber-bullying’ in the past year – it’s an offensive statistic for anyone wishing to better the environment in which we work, entertain and educate ourselves.
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You could tell that you’d arrived at the NetHui because every seat anywhere remotely near a power source was occupied by someone hunched over an electronic device, either furiously tapping away at a keyboard or swiping at a screen.