This weekend, I’m facilitating a conversation at EduCon, with Karen Blumberg, about Crafting Character. We’re hoping to have some discussion around how educators can reinforce students’ appropriate use of technology outside the classroom.
Here’s the thing- I think educators can reinforce appropriate use, but the kids aren’t always going to listen. Kids mess up. (Adults mess up, too.) And because they’re living online, they’ll mess up online, too.
Online mistakes have the potential to be harder than other mistakes. They’re the whack-a-mole of mistakes. I think we’re nearing a time, though, when many (most?) mistakes will be online. Someone’s always got a camera. Maybe kids will change their names to try to rid themselves of these mistakes once they enter “the real world” or maybe not.
So, I think equally important as the conversation about how to help kids make good choices, is how to help them cope when they make bad ones. What do you say to a girl who texted a topless picture to a friend that’s now all over school? How do we help kids develop the resilience that they need to face the experience of being bullied or the aftermath of being the bully? How can students narrate past digital lives they’re not proud of to employers when they hit the job market?
I’m hoping we get to talk about that, too.