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Monday, October 18, 2010

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

Frequently, when we talk with students, we invoke this mantra. "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Granted, it doesn't always have to do with online safety or ethical behavior. We bandy it about when kids get overexcited and go crazy with special effects in a video project, actions and filters in Photoshop, or animations in Power Point. More isn't always better, if you know what I mean. In matters of digital citizenship, however, can vs. should is an essential thought we'd like our kids to consider before they make a decision that could have lasting consequences, to themselves and others.

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