Houston Chronical article on dangers of MySpace.com; seems to be some evidence that most teens are more savvy than we think; but also acknowledges that some teens engage in dangerous behaviors, post provocative pic's, post personal info; interesting comparison to parental concerns when telephone was introduced http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/3698069.html

TL--your comment on my blog about "educate them" got me to thinking about a final "unit level" activity possibility: Have students compare a wikipedia article, a print source from a database, and a source from the internet search engine of their choice; depending on the level of the students, we could have them look at
  1. reliability/credibility of information
  2. sources cited (maybe a subset of reliability?)
  3. creator
  4. ease of access (how long did it take to find it?
  5. ease of use/comprehension
  6. when would each be appropriate to use?

unit: each lesson will be a stand-alone with single objective

how will we "deliver" the lesson?

  1. Who mounted the information?
  2. What authority or special knowledge does the author have?
  3. Does the site exhibit a bias or slant?
  4. When was the site last updated
these 4 questions from http://library.albany.edu/briggs/teaching.html