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What Adults Should Know About Kids’ Online Networking

enero 26, 2007

Alternet trae una muy buena entrevista a Danah Boyd, la que hace permanentes referencias a los adolescentes y lo público a través de la red. El tema se hace aún más interesante por la discusión que viene después, a través de los comentarios. Leerla es el termómetro perfecto de dos asuntos que parecen asustarnos mucho: Internet y los adolescentes. Les recomiendo que lean el artículo completo, pero en tilt! damos un adelanto:

Sobre los mitos de los jóvenes y sus redes sociales en Internet, Boyd declara:

Myth No. 1 is that everybody is on there to meet people, and everyone is on there to engage in social networking. That’s one of the reasons that I call them “social network” sites instead of “social networking” sites. It has [more] to do with constructing or presenting your social network, showcasing it, showing it off, engaging in the status around it. The idea of social networking, going to meet tons of strangers, is typically a much more common practice among adult users of these sites.

Myth No. 2 is that kids are in grave danger just because of participation. The risky behavior is not putting information about yourself online, which is what most adults think. We do not have a single case related to Myspace where someone has been abducted. We’ve had plenty of press coverage of these things, and every single one of them has proven to not be an abduction, but a runaway situation, or the kid was abducted by their noncustodial parent.

Esa fue una de las declaraciones de Boyd que caló hondo en algunos lectores. Acá, una respuesta airada… digamos, conservadoramente airada:

From a parent point of view, the information given in the article is dangerous. To suggest that there have not been crimes committed against minors by adults using online network sites is irresponsible, and frankly I would like to see hard data to back up her claims as I just do not believe them. There are way too many degenerate adults who use this medium in a preditory manor to make such statements. There may not have been any outright abductions, yet, because each is in their respective homes/work/school. These children do not “just run away”, they are persuaded and lured; sometimes over a long period of time. This, to me, is abduction. Teenagers are not adults and should not be thought of as them; their brains are not done developing. That is not to say that some are not mature and have common sense, but not to the level of an adult, especially a deviant adult. My son is 17 soon to be 18 and I check his MySpace page and his e-mail on a regular basis to make sure that he is safe even though he has a good head on his shoulders. We have had countless conversations about online safty and how that relates to offline safty because sometimes teenages do not make good decisions.

From an educators point of view, I have to disagree with the statement made regarding posting personal information not being dangerous. Just because they are not conversing with someone does not mean that they are not lurking. I have seen some of the things that teenagers post on their pages: the half naked pictures; the language used in regards to sex and drugs; and it is no wonder pedos lurk. Don’t get me wrong…I am not trying to be an alarmist, but just practical because I am with teenagers all day, every day. We have a strict policy that sites like these not to be accessed from school as there is a liability if one of our students get hurt as a result. This is not about being reactionary, it is about trying to keep my students safe.

As responsible adults, it is our job to protect and guide, and I will continue to do so, even if Ms. boyd seems to think that online danger is a myth.

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