This is "Choose Privacy Week" – an initiative by the American Library Association to raise awareness about sharing information online. The Association has launched a new website, Privacy Revolution, offering tips for educators and parents on ways to address privacy concerns with children.
One sure way not to raise the issue was demonstrated by a principal in Ridgewood, New Jersey last week. According to a post by Christopher Dawson in ZDNet Education IT, principal Anthony Orsini sent parents an email strongly urging them to take the role of cyberpolice with their middle school children, because “…there is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! None.” Raising the consciousness of parents to the risks and dangers inherent in social networking and encouraging discussion at home is one thing. This is on an entirely different level.