Tuesday, March 11, 2014
When it comes to cybersafety, most upper middle class kids really are all right
Cecilia Kang has an article Sunday, “Don’t panic over your cyberhids” or “The kids are all right” as she reviews a book and interviews the author Danah Boyd, “It’s complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”, link (web url) here.
Boyd’s answers sound general. On cyberbullying, “we have no methodology that everyone can agree on”. In most cases, she says, there were facts and perhaps coincidences that complicate the story; most bullying incidents were two way streets.
She also points out that kids don’t have the luxury of learning from past mistakes.
In general, in my own contact with younger emerging adults in my own circles, I have not encountered any reports of major online issues. Generally, the kids have been all right. But these are upper middle class kids. They generally don't need the supervision of a "family computer".