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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

School Psych-Technologist

Listen to Mike Cole's gcast on Technology for School Psychologists...

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vincent said...

I think that a big problem with the internet, like many new ideas, inventions, or advancements in technology, is that it was poorly planned. The people who came up with the idea were probably so excited to launch a global information network that they neglected to try to map out the potential consequences or pitfalls in an effort to be more proactive. And let's be real, financial motivation also plays a part in pushing something on to the market before it's been well developed. I'm not saying that the internet is a failure because there are pros and cons to evertyhing. Even if the most preventative measures were taken from the beginning, I'm sure criminals or predators would find a way to manipulate the internet, becuase to some extent the criminals are always going to be a few steps ahead of law enforcement or whoever may be policing websites.

I think that this is more of a cause for concern for parents rather than school psychologists. I know students have access to the internet in school but to me it seems like more problems have the potential for developing at home. Nowadays, especially with the economic crisis, we live in a society where both parents are working. With the exception of education professionals, you have most people getting out of work at 5 in additon to their commute. Once children are past the age of needing a babysitter, you're giving these so called latchkey kids about 3 hours (minimum)of unsupervised time to explore whatever they want, some of which may be harmful. Addtionally, let's not forget we learned in class a few weeks ago that the school is not responsible for something that happens off the grounds. Parents need to keep a closer eye on what their children are looking at.

Katie said...


I think you have made many valid points. The internet as we have previously discussed is an incredible enhancement to the field of education, but it can also be detrimental to lives of students if it is misused. I believe that the school is limited in the support they can provide for internet abuse therefore they must provide education on appropriate use.

Parents also must be aware of both the positive and negative effects of the internet. Strategies and steps to help prevent the abuse should be sent home to all parents. Educating the teachers parents and students on approproate ways to use the internet should help to limit the inappropriate use. But like Vinny said those that want to manipulate the internet will always be able to find a way.

Rosa said...

It use to be that once your children were home they were safe, sheltered and confined to the walls that governed their homes. Today, even when children are home they are not sheltered from the outside world. They have access to more information than anyone in previous generations could have fathomed, much of which is uncensored. It use to be that parents could restrict movies based on ratings, restrict cable access, restrict telephone use, etc. But the media that is available today is so unknown by adults and parents, that knowing what can be accessed and how to restrict it, is not as easily understood by parents...thus many children are free to roam in some dangerous places without even leaving home!

I believe that we can not be afraid of the information and technology world. We need to understand it, learn how to navigate through it, and pay attention to what our children are viewing and what sites they are visiting. As school psychologists and professionals working in education, we need to open ourselves up to discussing technology, to discussing what sites our students are visiting, and finally, we need to steer our students towards all the good that technology has to offer...like having interactive classes with peers from across the country or the world, assignments that reflect creativity and the use of the web, and other such activities.

Anonymous said...

This is like any thing else that is new…That is, anything new will have unresolved issues due to the novelty of the situation. For example, the invention of the automobile contributed to an increase in death rates and the people of that era intervened in order to minimize fatalities. When that didn’t work, the invention and implementation of the seatbelt was enforced. Similarly, cell phones have been documented to contribute to an increase in car accidents. This resulted in the penalization of using cell phones while driving. One could even argue that smoking was glamorized and may have even helped relax and soothe anxious people. However, like the automobile and the cell phone, restrictions were placed on smoking by bars, restaurants, and even the media. It goes without saying that these inventions have made contributions to society; however their negative implications have been curtailed by law and even social stigma.

Similarly it is up to us, School Psychologists, to remediate the problems that the invention of the internet has created. First, it is important to raise awareness regarding the issues surrounding internet use. Without knowledge of the possible implications, change is unlikely. Subsequently, parents should be educated on appropriate interventions. Finally, parents and School Psychologist should lobby towards the adoption of a universal screening system (similar to those that have been adopted by Hollywood and television networks in which programs are rated according to sexual content, language, child appropriate, etc) during internet use.

It is clear that issues surrounding children and the internet will not be remediated by the first proposal and intervention. Research is needed in order to ensure the best interventions.

judy said...

i thought this posted, here it is again:
as school psychologists, our role is to educate,educate,educate. teach students how to use the internet, not abuse it, and how to use it without putting themselves in harm's way. teach teachers that the internet is indispensible n learning, so they do not restsrict use, but encourage proper, productive use from the early years. teach parents all of the above, PLUS any computer/internet skills they are lacking, this is crucial.

as an aside, we have to remember to not get wrapped up in "improper" internet use ourselves, because there is the potential for it to haunt us. piss off the wrong person, and they'll hunting the web day and night to get something on you - the most innocent things can be easily misconstrued.

vinnie's comment made me think about what would have happened had web usage, applications, etc, been studied/investigated, whatever, prior to launching. i'm sure some people recognized its possible effects, and kept their mouths shut because lots of money was to be made. the point is that if they thought about all of the repercussions, we may not have had the resouce tool we know and depend on today. j