For many teens, technology has let them define old concepts in new ways. These new definitions can be worrisome, incomprehensible, even dangerous to librarians and parents. Yet perhaps it’s time we listen to the kids.
A few years ago, I participated in a project to provide middle schoolers with an online creative outlet. Co-sponsored by my library system and the local school district, the website was intended to give tweens a voice as well as teach technology practices. It took the steering committee of librarians from both organizations to establish rules and procedures. We were concerned about making sure that students’ privacy wasn’t compromised. We knew that unfortunately, to keep students safe, we had to go for stricter policies. (more…)