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Kids and Social Media...It's Personal!

by Wanda Taylor

"By the time they are 2 years old, more than 90% of American kids have an online history." 

"At 5, more than 50% regularly interact with a computer or tablet device, and by 7 or 8, many kids regularly play video games. Teenagers text an average of 3,400 times a month. The fact is, by middle school, our kids today are spending more time with media than with their parents or teachers, and the challenges are vast: from the millions of young people who regret by high school what they've already posted about themselves online to the widely documented rise in cyberbullying to the hypersexualization of female characters in video games." (reported by CNN, May 21, 2012)

 Facebook and 7.5 million kids...

Consumer Reports reported last year that more than 7.5 million American kids under the age of 13 have joined Facebook, which technically requires users to be 13 years old to open an account. No one has any idea of what all of this media and technology use will mean for our kids as they grow up.  How is this happening with parents' consent?  We can only believe that adults are unaware of the dangers that kids face by connecting in a world with predators at a time when they tend to feel "invincible".  Have the "tech talk" with your kids and make sure they understand not to post pictures with identifying addresses, not to use "stalker software" in the name of posting where they physically are at all times, and, most of all, never revealing their personal information.

We cannot say it any better...

Chelsea Clinton and James Steyer have written an awesome article about Kids and Social Meda.  They are currently studying the effects of social media on kids.  They report that "Our new world of digital immersion and multitasking has affected virtually everything from our thought processes and work habits to our capacity for linear thinking and how we feel about ourselves, our friends and even strangers. And it has all happened virtually overnight."

For the complete article, please click here: 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/21/opinion/clinton-steyer-internet-kids/index.html

We have to do a better job of guiding this process.  Won't you check us out at www.emagine-nation.com or conribute to our crowdfunding campaign at http://campaign.emagine-nation.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wanda Taylor, MCC, is the CEO and creative designer of Emagine-Nation.com. With over 23 years of experience in the world of learning, education, psychology, and technology, Wanda knows the value of curiosity, imagination, and discovery learning.  Follow Wanda and see why she believes that Emagine-Nation changes everything!

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