Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Like Riding A Bike

We are outraged when we hear children are engaged in inappropriate and/or mean-spirited behavior online.  And then we block social networks like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter in schools.  Prohibiting the use of them in classrooms.  A safe place for children to learn how to engage appropriately (and in a new way) with social media.  Children across the country are missing out on empowering opportunities that social media provides. 

My question is, this.  It is an expectation that children learn how to ride a bike (or swim) as a child.  Would we demand that they know how to do this well without ever providing them with access to a bicycle (or water)?  Would we expect them to hop on a two-wheeler without ever having experienced the safety that a tricycle (or floaties) provides?