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MASA Leader Winter 2013

MASA Feature Teach students to safely cross the ‘digital street’ Make Sure You Look Both Ways! By Jaime Casap Editor’s Note: Originally published August 20, 2012 at Education Evangelist, a blog produced by Jaime Casap. Jaime will address MASA members as a keynote speaker at the 2013 Midwinter Conference. Ito growing up in a place like New York there and never ever let my kids cross the certainly aren’t teaching our kidsThe Web isn’t going anywhere, soignoring it isn’t going to work. Weto be able to ban the cars. The otheroption was to pretend the cars weren’tive in an urban area of Phoenix, rightldowntown in fact. One consequence City is that you’re never comfortable street. I didn’t think that was reasonable. how to navigate the Web (teaching unless you see lots of cars, hear police Eventually they had to deal with cars so it them to cross the street). We’re left sirens all night, or have your street lit up made sense to teach them early and often. with the only option we have left, we by police helicopters on the weekends. simple ban it. I don’t know if that’s the When it comes to the World Wide smartest idea in the world. Like cars, Because we live in the city, and while my Web and our children, that’s exactly eventually they are going to have to kids were young, I decided to teach them what many of us are doing. We are deal with the Web. Wouldn’t it make to cross the street. I knew I wasn’t going pretending the Web is not there. sense to teach them, early and often? 12 MASA LEADER • January 2013


MASA Leader Winter 2013
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