Global Kids, Common Sense Media, and the GoodPlay Project have teamed up to present FOCUS. A multi-week web-bases set of online dialogues about digital life that is aimed to help put parents, teens, and teachers in touch with one another. Topics covered include privacy, identity, and several others. The discussions will take place April 13-May 4.’ 

A little background on this project might be helpful. ‘ It was first run two years ago and the results seemed to show that teens were navigating the digital space a lot on their own. The organizers felt this time why not try the dialogues with the various generations interacting with one another.

This might be a great opportunity for librarians to discuss teen digital life as it relates to libraries. Will some surprises come from the dialogue? Can dialogue introduce new ways of thinking about libraries and being online? Will reading about what teens have to say that we need to understand help us change how we think? This all sounds deliciously dangerous.

Registration is free and can be found on the FOCUS web site.’ ‘ A flyer can be printed out to let people know about the discussion.

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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