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Published on Jun 16, 2016
Digital citizenship is an intriguing but still very abstract idea with a dark past and great potential. A journalist who has followed youth Internet safety and citizenship for nearly 20 years, Anne Collier looks at what digital citizenship is, the struggle it emerged from, and five ways adult society can make it engaging and useful to young citizens, the heart of any digital citizenship discussion about youth.
A journalist and youth advocate, Anne Collier has been writing about youth and technology since 1997. A year ago she felt the need to write less and do more – to turn all that she'd learned from serving on three national task forces on Internet safety, following research on the subject as it emerged, and her long-standing advisory work with social media companies into practical help for schools. So this school year, she's piloting the U.S.'s first Internet helpline for schools, iCanHelpline.org, part of a new nonprofit organization she founded with the creators of #iCANHELP, The Net Safety Collaborative. The Collaborative aims to reduce school problems involving social media, increase trust and collaboration and grow digital literacy and student leadership. Collier blogs at NetFamilyNews.org.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx