Controversies over students' use of technology in school often sound like Footloose sequels: adults in denial of reality and banning the alleged evil acts. Now we can add just plain clueless to the mix. A panel of techno-savvy teens, apparently from the Seattle area and speaking on a conference panel, report a serious lack of Internet education from their parents and at their schools. The panelists had no help learning and navigating the pitfalls of the online world -- protecting their privacy, avoiding identity theft, and so on -- which they say many of their peers fail to do. The knowledge gap is like the approach to sex ed 40 years ago, ie, nonexistent and probably results in lots of unnecessary damage. The difference today: parents and teachers have little experience with the activity in question. Kids aren't taught about it because adults don't know much about it themselves. Sounds like everyone could use some tech education.
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