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> From: School Library Media & Network Communications on behalf of =
> Jacqueline Henry
> Sent: Sat 7/18/2009 9:49 PM
> Subject: Re: [LM_NET] Free the Standards for 21st Century Learners
> We MUST resist this insanity with every tool we have.  Carol says
> "implementation of information literacy skills will go to the computer
> teachers, not the librarians."  This is a scenario I have done
> everything possible to prevent since the first moment I went on the
> internet.  Too many people see us as virtually obsolete "keepers of the
> books" as it is.  These standards are our chance to be seen as the
> cutting edge, 21st century educators that we are.=20

All of my materials will focus on the importance of the information
professionals - librarians. You can count on that. :-)

I am facing the same concerns with respect to Internet safety education -
the new requirement for Internet safety education is coming through the
Erate - a New CIPA requirement. ALL of the research on youth risk online
demonstrates that this is an outgrowth of youth risk. Ed tech professionals
understand the technologies and, along with librarians, to have the best
understanding of the digital culture. But they don't have a professional
background in youth risk.

Once an ed tech person told me she was teaching a lesson on online predation
and the students were asking her about rape - she told me she was unprepared
to discuss this. Say what?

But your health teachers/counselors are likely not to understand the
technologies or digital culture. So we need a partnership - safe
school/librarians/ed tech.

I suggest that librarians can take the lead in forming such a partnership.

Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social
Aggression, Threats, and Distress (Research Press)

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the
Internet Safely and Responsibly (Jossey-Bass)

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