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Digital Life Skills for Youth


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Today’s youth have access to more technology and information than any previous generation. Children and teenagers need age-appropriate guidance to help them navigate the internet, online communication, digital communication, and more. Ideally, that guidance comes from knowledgeable parents and teachers but not every adult knows what guidance to offer. In some case, teachers are tech savvy and can teach curriculums filled with digital media, data technology, and online communities. Similarly, some parents are digitally savvy and can offer guidance to help their child live a rich and rewarding digital life. However, there are many parents and teachers who have limited or incomplete knowledge to pass along.
- A child can’t make tea if you don’t teach them how to boil water.
- A child can’t walk to school alone unless we teach them to safely cross the road.
- A child can’t read unless we teach them the alphabet.
- A child can’t swim unless we teach them to float.
Digital skills are foundational too.
In this digital age, how do you protect kids on the Internet? Things have changed so much in the last few years. Dangers lie in social media and within apps. The use of these tools runs the risk of safety loss/cyberbullying, addiction, and a loss of personal connection and community.
The thing is, we need to live in the new reality and teach our kids how to do that too. This book teaches skills for living online and with technology; digital life skills for parents and educators to use to help kids. It covers:
- Document management
- Version control
- Malware
- Cyberbullying resistance
- Digital etiquette
- Gaming and avoiding addiction
This book identifies current problems and offers real-world solutions and guidance.
The author has an imminent qualification in education technology (M.Ed.). She writes with authority about the realities for teachers in the classroom, the technology demands of curriculum, the conflicts with parents’ expectations, and the affordances of technology that do good! Add to that her Mom/Auntie experiences with kids and technology and she speaks not only as an expert, but from the heart.
1. Dedication /Acknowledgements
2. Introduction
2.1. For Parents
2.2. For Teachers
2.3. Multiple intelligences
3. Digital citizenship
3.1. Acceptable behavior
3.2. Self-regulation
3.3. Empathy and understanding
3.4. Digital privilege contracts
4. Who Am I?
4.1. Online Personas
4.2. Reputation Management
4.3. Privacy
4.4. Identity theft
5. Social skills
5.1. Being a good person
5.2. School, parties, and social events
5.3. Location tracking
5.4. Dealing with cyberbullying
6. Study skills
6.1. Searching the web
6.2. Identifying bias and fake news
6.3. Time management
6.4. Productivity
6.5. Learning experiences
7. Business skills
7.1. Organizing information
7.2. Online banking
7.3. Correspondence
7.4. Content creation
8. Safety skills
8.1. Digital Responsibility
8.2. Cyberbullying defense
8.3. Navigating nudity
8.4. Legal obligations
9. Conclusion



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Published 01 September 2019
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EAN13 9781770405042
Language English
Document size 2 MB

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