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Smartwatches for Little Kids: Yes or No? Cybertraps 137

News Item: A recent New York Times article reports that an increasing number of parents are buying Apple watches for elementary school kids Smartwatches for children are a booming sector of the tech market Hundreds of different models with a range of features Some smartwatches are tied to particular cellular companies, others are “unlocked” A…

To Catch a Creep Cybertraps 136

News Item – Students at Davisville Middle School in North Kingstown, RI set up a Discord subchannel to document inappropriate behavior by a teacher North Kingstown School District is a hot mess In April 2022, a series of lawsuits were filed against the District, high school administrators, and former boys’ basketball coach Aaron Thomas. The…

The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act Cybertraps 135

News Item – On August 29, 2022, the California Senate unanimously passed the Age-Appropriate Design Act. It previously received unanimous approval in the State Assembly It is currently awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature People expect him to sign it but it could anger tech companies, who might then be less inclined to support a Newsom…

The Push to Ban Phones in Schools Accelerates Cybertraps 133

News Item – The Boston Globe Publishes an Editorial Urging Schools to Prohibit Student Phone Use at School “https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/08/22/opinion/sorry-kids-no-more-phones-school/” Overarching Questions / Issues This is a global issue 2022/2023 freshman are the iGen – born after introduction of iPhone in 2007 (!) Is this part of a move to de-emphasize screens in education generally? Will…

Child Identity Theft with Axton Betz-Hamilton Cybertraps 131

Dr. Axton Betz-Hamilton was a victim of identity theft and wrote a book about the experience called “The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity.” Dr. Betz-Hamilton is now a professor at South Dakota State University specializing in identity theft. Isolated and moved around because of identity theft…

Cybertraps: Educator Vacation and Beach Photos Cybertraps 130

Show notes The Saga of Ashley Payne (2011) After her first year of teaching, Payne went on a trip to Europe. When she returned, she created a Facebook album with several hundred vacation photos. A handful showed her enjoying a drink or two. The photo album was marked “private,” but could still be viewed by…

When You’re Curious You’re Learning with Gregg Behr Cybertraps 128

Show notes whenyouwonder.org 1–4–3 day in PA – 143rd day in the year. Get their book “When You Wonder, You’re Learning” Origin story – Gregg and philanthropy Grable Foundation Translating learning from the learning sciences sound like script writers in Fred Rogers. Remake learning network – Learning landscape. Rogers took the tech of his day…