How can adults encourage young users of social networking to use it safely and responsibly?

It’s a simple enough question, but one which opens up a minefield of potential issues. Over the weekend my young nephew added me as a friend on Facebook – I’m sure this is a familiar scenario to many adults out there who have wrestled with the pros and cons of having younger relatives appear virtually into their digital lives. Do you accept their friend request or not? Should they be on Facebook or not? How do you manage what they see on your profile and what they post on their own? These are all questions that occur to the responsible adult and all need to be given careful thought. Continue reading How can adults encourage young users of social networking to use it safely and responsibly?

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“Students are more than students.”

Students are more than students, these words, taken from Paul Chapman’s¬†presentation, became a kind of mantra for the two day Change Agents’ Network (CAN) event¬†in Birmingham earlier this month. Paul was alluding to the multitude of roles students play at Birmingham City University to add value to the overall learning experience, from mentor and collaborator, to expert and leader (to name but a few), and this clearly struck a resonance with the audience, evidenced by the plethora of innovative projects and practices shared over the two days. Continue reading “Students are more than students.”

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