"The study, published in the Journal of Psychology Research on Cyberspace, found children aged 9 to 11 now hold “fame” as their No. 1 value.  Fame ranked 15th in 1997. This raises red flags for researchers, who say the shift in values over the last 10 years may have a negative effect on the future goals and accomplishments of American youth.

'(Tweens) are unrealistic about what they have to do to become famous,' Patricia Greenfield, Ph.D from the Department of Psychology at UCLA and co-author of this study told CNN. 'They may give up on actually preparing for careers and realistic goals.'

'With Internet celebrities and reality TV stars everywhere, the pathway for nearly anyone to become famous, without a connection to hard work and skill, may seem easier than ever,' said Yalda Uhls, a UCLA doctoral student in developmental psychology and lead author of this study. 'When being famous and rich is much more important than being kind to others, what will happen to kids as they form their values and their identities?'"


"The idea, [clinical psychologist Joanna Lipari] says, is 'that being famous is a ticket to a better life.' Tweens are at a point where they have no money and no power, and are simply trying to develop their identity, Lipari explains. To them, watching stars live in the limelight, looks ideal.

Lipari says there is nothing wrong with children having big dreams of being rich and famous; they just need guidance to understand there is a process that includes hard work in order to get there."


"'Friends, family and community need to know how to shape these children, as opposed to shaking their heads and saying we’ve lost a generation,' says Lipari."


"The Office of Admissions sets up a Facebook page for each upcoming class each December. Invitations to join the page are e-mailed to class members. Eventually, students are handed control of the group."
"In fact, while admissions staff still use e-mail and regular mail to contact incoming students, the office has determined Facebook the most effective way to reach the young adults, who were raised in the age of Internet and social media communication."
"Purdue's admissions staff also oversees a Facebook page for parents of incoming students -- frequently monitored to provide timely responses to questions -- and a fan page titled "Future Purdue Students," aimed toward prospective Boilermakers."
"We're meeting students where they're at," said Danielle Fawbush, director of marketing and communications for University Residences, noting Facebook's explosive popularity."


“As the half-life of technological innovation shrinks, so do the generations.

My Walkman accompanied me throughout high school. I got my first e-mail address in college and my first cellphone when I started reporting, a clunky Nokia with an antenna sticking out that I thought looked terribly avant-garde. These days the 15-year-olds barely keep up with their 13-year-old siblings (who apparently prefer Skype video conferences to Facebook chats).”
"When one boy was caught cheating in a Latin test, his punishment was to give a workshop to teachers on how students use technology to fool them."
"At my old school I was struck by how much teenagers have changed. But I was also struck by how little the school had changed, and I don’t think it’s an exception. Teachers are right to fret about attention deficits and lazy thinking. But no fundamental rethink seems to have occurred about how teaching and learning should take place in the age of social networking.

'The problem is with adults,' says [student] Leo [Laun]. 'If they say we’re becoming more stupid, it’s perhaps because we’re in a school system they invented.'"

"Four out of 5 high school and college students say websites are an excellent or good way to interact with fellow students, and a bit fewer — about 7 in 10 — say they’re equally good for getting information on class assignments or school events, or to form study groups and collaborate with peers. Just over half say the Internet is useful to look up ratings on teachers."

I can't personally vouch for the veracity of his facts, but even if half of them are true, it's amazing. Fascinating stuff.

The following is a group presentation on various subjects under the umbrella of literacy. My presentation on social media is the third one in the series.