With the rise of technology in the classroom, the use of cell phones and other internet related device use, kid are exposed to all kinds of information. Some very useful and some… well, not so much. In fact, the ability for kids to roam to inappropriate materials in the digital age both at home and at school is a real concern for parents.
After a few tweets about NC Resources, I did some digging. Well, there’s a whole set of online documents in a ‘live binder’ out there on the interwebs. Parent should go explore this live binder for NC Public Schools. The Web Resources A-Z located in the NCDPI Information Technology Toolkit caught my eye, mainly because I’d never seen it before. Why isn’t this made more prominent so parents can view it?
The majority of these web links are good or useful applications, but there were a few that were not. One suggested sketchy one is Dipity, which is an internet meme timelines site. Dipity is not somewhere I would let my kid wander. Just a few examples below – NSFW language warning:
— Mark Cates (@CarolinaCates) April 11, 2014
Another I found questionable was Bitstrips. Yes, that same annoying cartoon one on Facebook. While mostly innocuous, it has no value and is pretty much a time suck that causes you to lose IQ points. Think I’m kidding? Having said that, kids in High School likely look at this junk on their phones constantly. Just like they do with Tumblr and Flickr – both of which are on the Web Resource A-Z list.
Tumblr and Flickr both have their drawbacks and inappropriate content. Heck, Tumblr even has a ‘Worst of Tumblr‘ Facebook page and loads of porn. Flickr isn’t a heck of a lot better and kids can figure out the safety filters in a snap.
At least that list doesn’t have Instagram on it, which seems to be the app of choice for posting nude photos of your classmates online. The use of online and digital technology is not going away. Having said that, some of the resources and social media being suggested and/or used by our kids is frankly horrifying. Idiocracy is closer in time and reality that we think.
Oh by the way, the report from DPI to the NCGA on drop out rate, violence and suspensions is now out. Crime, violence and suspension rates all dropped. The drop out rate also decreased. I’m sure NC HEAT will call the report racist and evidence of the “school to prison pipeline”, as black males were the lead in every category.
There are charts on p.16 that compare the last two school years. Disturbing to see the numbers associated with Pre-K through 5th grade. All of these statistics are included in the data tracking of your child under Common Core, by the way.
One nugget worth mentioning is corporal punishment. Is this what Dr. Atkinson meant about ‘Schools of Terror‘?
There were 203 uses of corporal punishment statewide in 2012-13. Corporal punishment was used at least once by nine LEAs. Charter schools and the remaining 106 LEAs did not use corporal punishment.