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Published on March 9, 2014

Author: brianhousand


RAISING GIFTED KIDS IN A DIGITAL AGE __________________________ GAGC PARENT DAY - MARCH 9, 2014 Dr. Angela Housand & Dr. Brian Housand



“Every generation of teenagers embraces the freedoms and possibilities wrought by technology in ways that shock the elders.” Time     March  27,  2006

“We don’t have the option of turning away from the future. No one gets to vote on whether technology is going to change our lives.” ! Bill Gates   The Road Ahead






The kids had completely customized the desktop— so every kids’ tablet looked different.  We had installed software to prevent them from doing that, and the fact they worked around it was clearly CREATIVITY the kind of INQUIRY the kind of DISCOVERY that we think is the kind of , , ESSENTIAL TO LEARNING



PROTECT AND LIMIT Parents need to set boundaries to keep children safe. ! Digital media and technology are not important for a child's healthy development.

PROTECT Screen media needs to be balanced with other activities. ! Children are only one click away from a lot of material that's inappropriate for them.

EMPOWER Children can learn new things by using online media. ! Parents should offer guidance on how to use the Internet for learning.

EMPOWER AND ENGAGE Children need to learn to navigate the digital world and make choices for themselves. ! Children can exercise their creativity by using online media.

Show Curiosity

I like that. I don’t like that.

House Rules

“Show Me”

Are you the same person online as the person you are face-to-face?

Future Self

Control the Message

Why Control the Message? • College Admissions Officers & Committees will search you • Potential Employers will search you • Friends (& non-friends) will search you • Your Competition will search you • Potential Boyfriend/Girlfriend will search you © Angela Housand, 2013

Digital Identity

Volume The amount of information there is about you on the internet

Relevancy The usefulness of the information that exists about you and how consistent that information is with you you say you are and what you claim to value

Purity The amount of information that comes up in an Internet search that is about you and not someone with a similar name or similar interests

Diversity The mixture of information found when you are searched online: • • • Do you have a website? Are you found in real time content? Are there images and video of you?

Activity Time: Online ID © Angela Housand, 2013

Search Yourself • With quotes around your name, search yourself on Google,Yahoo!, and Bing • What did you find?

Search Yourself You want to find: • Favorable entries about your work • Flattering or neutral mentions of your personal life

Activity Time: Digital Footprint © Angela Housand, 2013

How To Control the Message • Find Out What’s on the Web • Clean Up Content that You Don’t Want Everyone in the World to See • Create a More Flattering Image Online

Set Up Alerts!

Remove Unflattering Content Start with what you have posted: • Delete any negative comments you’ve made • Delete inappropriate photos or videos • Check all sites! ! • Edit blog entries that are negative

Remove Unflattering Content You Can Start Fresh Too: • Delete all of your accounts • Create new ones with a unique name for yourself • Use your middle initial • Use your nickname • Remember...Nothing really ever goes away.

Remove Unflattering Content • Ask others to remove negative content about you. • Remove “tags” from photos • Paid services:

Remove Unflattering Content Reset Privacy Settings: • Block groups or individuals from viewing content that you would prefer to be private • Manage our groups regularly and remove unsupportive members

Other Message Management Tips • Avoid overly prolific status updates • Claim your domain name • Create a More Flattering Image Online

The BEST Way To Control the Message Create Favorable Content • Set up a profile that is public • Get people to “endorse” you professionally • Update profiles regularly • Blog on a topic of interest • Contribute in positive ways to the online community - and do so often!

“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but at least we can prepare our children for the future.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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