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ERIC Number: EJ914330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Hand in Hand: Media Literacy and Internet Safety
Gallagher, Frank
Library Media Connection, v29 n4 p16, 18 Jan-Feb 2011
Internet safety cannot be effectively taught without also teaching media literacy. The two go hand in hand, and both are necessary, but neither is sufficient. To understand why, it is important to first appreciate what the real risks to children are. Many of the early Internet safety programs were based on a fear of predators. Predators turned out to be a far less prevalent danger than was originally thought. The Federal Trade Commission and other organizations group the digital dangers kids face into three broad categories: (1) inappropriate contact; (2) content; and (3) conduct. The author argues that if children are to identify, avoid, and protect themselves from inappropriate contact, content, and conduct, filters aren't enough. They need media literacy skills. If children are to act responsibly, refrain from engaging in inappropriate behaviors, and be good digital citizens, rules and prohibitions aren't enough. They also need media literacy skills. (Contains 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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