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Multiple Literacies & Web 2.0
ShaZam! Multiple Literacies in the 21st Century School Library
Digital media are excellent tools for forging and maintaining healthy and safe relationships. . . As with all tools, how we use them determines whether they provide positive opportunities or expose us to risk. Media can either enhance relationships, supporting positive growth, or put users at risk. . . .
Balancing our real life with screen time can be a trick for adults and kids. Because digital media is useful and engaging—and good at holding our attention—it can be tempting to use it all the time. These tools often interfere with other important activities (like sleeping, eating meals with family, spending time with friends, and physical activity).
In taking advantage of all that digital media has to offer, youth have to make tough choices on what personal information they will share. Some personal information is necessary to facilitate social interactions, employment opportunities, and online purchases. But many kinds of information should only be shared with validated sources and some should not be shared online under any circumstances.
Digital communications are “sticky.” Anything communicated through digital media remains accessible indefinitely, which is great news when you have . . . great news. Accomplishments are easy to share, easy to track, and kids and teens can find forums for positive require hiring personnel to do online searches of job candidates.
Responsible, resilient digital citizens know to operate under the same good judgement online that they use in their offline lives. The Web may feel like a free-for-all, but online resources cost money and time to create and our treatment of other digital citizens matters.