Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers - Part 2 by ProQuest


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									In       Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the May/June is-
         sue, we looked at a range of safety and security issues af-
         fecting educators as we all strive to attain the vision
enunciated at the beginning of that feature. That vision laid out a
framework for security in a Web 2.0-based educational environ-
ment comprising three parts:

     • 21st-century learning environments: Schools are safe-
       ly and effectively using Web 2.0 technologies to pre-
       pare students for their future education and careers,
       civic responsibilities, and personal life in the 21st cen-
       tury. This was our main focus in Part 1. (See “Securi-
       ty in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Is-
       sues and Answers—Part 1,” May/June 2010 Multime-
       dia &Internet@Schools.)

     • Universal digital media safety, citizenship, and lit-
       eracy competencies.

     • Targeted youth risk online prevention and intervention.

   In Part 2, we’ll address universal digital media safety and lit-
eracy education as well as targeted youth risk online prevention.


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 To ensure the delivery of accurate     UNIVERSAL DIGITAL MEDIA SAFETY
                                        AND LITERACY EDUCATION
  and effective instruction, schools        All young people must gain competencies in the safe and
                                        responsible use of digital media technologies and resources.
  need to develop a broad-based         This includes understanding risks and effective protective
                                        strategies, understanding the standards for responsible be-
      plan utilizing the expertise of   havior, and taking responsibility for the well-being of others.
                                            Schools are mobilizing to address digital media safety and
   library/digital media specialists,   literacy. One key factor fueling this is the new internet safe-
                                        ty education requirements associated with the Children’s In-
educational technology specialists,     ternet Protection Act. We all recognize that students’ misuse
                                        of digital media while on or off campus is having an impact
                                        not only on their well-being and learning but also on the qual-
      counselors, health teachers,      ity of the school community.
                                            Unfortunately, some internet safety curriculum and pro-
   school resource officers … and       fessional development materials currently available, especial-
                                        ly those developed or funded by law enforcement, present con-
                 even older students.   cerns. These materials support the authoritarian delivery of
                                        inaccurate, fear-based messages and simplistic rules against
                                        normative online behavior. Fear-based risk prevention ap-
                                        proaches have never been demonstrated to be effective in pre-
                                        venting risk behavior. This approach may cause young peo-
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