Showing posts with label teenagers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teenagers. Show all posts

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Student Discussion Prompt - Texas Law Targets Sexting

Part of our responsibilities as educators today is to educate students about responsible cyber behavior. One of the more dangerous cyber behaviors that teenagers engage in is sexting. In the hopes of deterring people from that behavior, the state of Texas is considering making sexting by teenagers a misdemeanor crime. Today's episode of CNN Student News has the story.


Applications for Education
The potential consequences of sexting are things that every teenager with a cell phone should be aware of. At my school we meet with our homeroom (we actually call it Common Block) students once a week. This video is something that we'll be discussing with my students next week.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

What are Those Kids Saying? - Try Chat Decoder

I have to confess that I'm one of those people that still spells out almost everything in text messages. In part because I'm not sure how to abbreviate things and or what all of the abbreviations mean. So if you're like me and you ever wondered what all of the abbreviations kids use in text messages mean, check out the Teen Chat Decoder. Teen Chat Decoder is a simple translation service. Just type in an abbreviation or emoticon :) and find out what it means to teens.

Thanks to Lee Kolbert for the tip. Of course, Lee's a cool Geeky Momma so she probably doesn't need the decoder.

Applications for Education
During parent-teacher conferences this year, I had a couple of parents tell me that "they don't get texting." Perhaps a little tool like Teen Chat Decoder will help them understand what their kids are talking about.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Teens Discussing Teen on Teen Violence

Today's episode of CNN Student News included an interesting segment about teen on teen violence that my Civics students passionately discussed. The segment focused on Eric Holder and Arne Duncan's trip to Chicago to talk with officials about teen violence. CNN Student News asked students to weigh-in with their comments on the topic. Since my students didn't have computer access today, we instead had an engaging classroom discussion in which my students talked about the causes of teen violence as well as prevention measures. A good resource on the topic that I didn't recall until after class is DoSomething.org's Violence and Bullying prevention resources.