This afternoon I met with a group of parents – a group of fantastic, involved parents who want to learn, understand, and just – ‘get‘ what their middle-school aged children need from them to navigate the web. At least that’s my take on what they were expecting.
These are also very good friends of mine: home-schoolers, public-schoolers, farmers and many industries of experience between us – we had our first babies at together, second babies together – and we’ve supported each other through many a thing. This time, we gathered as a pot-luck with childcare to talk about the web . We covered Webmaker.org resources tools, the concept of transparency, openness, open web, sharing, coding, data and cyber safety among so many other small things.
I think Mozilla Lightbeam most triggered their interest, as well as the concept that our role as parents – isn’t simply a task of teaching kids to navigate the web build for by others – but to remix, oppose, listen-to and follow instincts about what does and doesn’t feel right; Teaching what it feels like to be ‘free’ on the web, and what it feels like to be a product can better prepare our kids to advocate for that freedom.
‘Intuition and the Web’. A take-away phrase.
We also came up with an idea of ‘Block Watch’ for monitoring bullying in middle-school – which , why not, make this a peer run program?
Anyway, I wasn’t planning to blog about this except I had one phone call tonight where my friend said this, and it almost left me teary.
“I came expecting to learn about technical ways to block content on the internet, I left understanding this is an issue of literacy.”
It felt like I made a difference. Parent’s really need this conversation.