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Teaching kids to drive the Net

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Other child and technology experts believe the problem also needs an educational approach. After all, you don't put a teenager behind a steering wheel without teaching him or her how to drive first, said Cornelia Brunner, associate director for the Center for Children and Technology, an educational research organization.

Similarly, "we need a very serious program teaching kids how (the Internet) works, how to discern who are you talking to, what are reasonable transactions, how to tell when you're in a dangerous place and not to go there," Brunner said.

For example, she said, children aren't taught in schools the critical thinking skills to discern whether information on the Internet is credible or not. A child might not understand that a Rubens painting is art and pictures of scantily clad Russian women are pornography.

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