Join Diana Graber and Dr. Pamela Rutledge for Cyberwise Chats they tackle concerns and opportunities around technology, social media, screen time, and more that will help you help kids build a healthy relationship with technology.
Sextortion on the Rise? What Parents Need to Know
In early 2022, two teen boys took their own lives due to ”sextortion.” This is a form of blackmail in which the attacker threatens to send intimate images or videos of the victim to others if they do not pay them or give them additional images or video. Although this can happen to anyone of any age or gender, attackers tend to target younger victims and in March of this year, the FBI warned of an increase in sextortion cases targeting young boys.
Digital Literacy: The Key to Success at Every Age
Online life is complex and the list of topics kids should know about and understand includes everything from misinformation, disinformation, sexting, cyberbullying, deep fakes, stereotypes, plagiarism, web search, personal information, copyright, and much more. Digital literacy IS today’s literacy and kids unequipped with it are woefully unprepared for digital life. In this webinar we discuss how kids can learn digital literacy to be successful at all ages. Special guest Dino Ambresi, a self-described ex-social media "addict" with a mission to help others build healthy relationships with their devices talked about the digital literacy course he designed and teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. Founder Diana Graber explained why Cyber Civics, our own middle school digital literacy curriculum, is taught in middle school. And Dr. Pamela Rutledge talked about its roots in Media Psychology which she teaches at the college level. Finally, CJ Lindsey, who has led digital strategies for DC Comics, Cartoon Network, Sesame Street, Harry Potter, and others, will talk about the foundational digital literacy skills young kids are gleaning from their favorite programs.
Kids & Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?
Common Sense Media finds screen time is up 17% for tweens and teens since the start of the pandemic. And that doesn’t include time spent attending school virtually and doing homework. In this Cyberwise Chat, we dive in to the different ways kids use screens and address the million dollar question: How much is too much?
Kids, War & TikTok: What Parents Need to Know!
If you think TikTok is just a fun, lip-synching, dancing app, think again. Millions of young people getting real-time information—sometimes quite graphic— about the war in Ukraine from the platform.
Social Media Dangers: How Can We Make It Safer for Kids?
Along with exciting and positive ways of connecting, social media also exposes youth to new risks—like cyberbullying, sexting, misinformation, political polarization, inappropriate content, predators, mining of personal information, possible impact to self-esteem, and more. Most parents are aware of these risks, but are less knowledgeable about what they can do to make social media safer. In this Chat we’ll discuss how all stakeholders—parents, schools, policy makers, and tech companies—can work together to mitigate social media risks and make connecting safer for our kids. We are very excited to welcome special guest David Ryan Polgar, Founder and Executive Director of All Tech Is Human. David is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for the current debates around tech ethics, digital citizenship, and what it means to be human in the digital age.
Teens and Dating in the Digital Age
For many teens during the pandemic, the only option to maintain and forge new relationships with their peers has been via their devices. This includes romantic relationships. Understandably, teens are flirting, “dating,” and even meeting potential partners online. In this Chat, we’ll talk about what parents can do to ensure their kids have safe and healthy online relationships. We’ll cover the most popular dating apps, talk about “sexting,” and give tips on how parents can talk to teens about their online relationships. We were very excited to welcome our special guest, graduate student Taylor Blatchford, who is also the founder of Text2Regret.