Help for parents trying to guide their kids’ online lives

Highly recommend listening to James Steyer’s recent interview on NPR’s Fresh Air radio program about using common sense to keep your kids safe online.

Using personal observations, Steyer urges parents to be involved with their children’s approach to social media and help them understand what they share online and how they share, has lasting consequences.

“Young people in particular often self-reveal before they self-reflect,” says Steyer. “There is no eraser button today for youthful indiscretion.”

You can also check out his new book: Talking Back to Facebook: A Common Sense Guide To Raising Kids in the Digital Age, (Amazon link) in which Steyer offers help for parents trying to “navigate their kids’ online, media-saturated lives.”

Ultimately says Steyer, kids are becoming aware of the social pressures to constantly be online, whether it be on Facebook or responding to texts. Adding “I think young people are increasingly aware of the positives as well as the downsides of this form of communication. And that’s a good thing.”

Jim Steyer, is founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, speaker, author and teacher at Stanford University.

CoderDojo: Learning about computer programing

Are you a student with an interest in learning programing?  Check out the local non-profit group called CoderDojo that organizes free “coding clubs” for young people.

Here’s from its site:

“At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers. Dojos organise tours of technology companies, bring in guest speakers to talk about their career and what they do, and organise events. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on…”

This world-wide group was started by a student from Cork, Ireland, James Whelton. Later he teamed up with Bill Liao, a entrepreneur and philanthropist.

The local San Francisco group meets in South Market area every other Saturday from 12 PM to 2 PM. Just a heads up: You must bring a bag lunch, a laptop and your parent, if you’re under 13 years old.

CoderDojo has just one rule: “Above All: Be Cool“, bullying, lying, wasting people’s time and so on is uncool.

More info: http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/25