The SML is interested in helping people use social media and online technologies more effectively. We’ve partnered with the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence and the Program for Research on Youth Development and Education (PRYDE) to create educational materials for young people and youth-serving professionals.
We assisted in the development of an ACT for Youth Center of Excellence online course on positive youth development and technology. This course is aimed at educators, advocates, and youth-serving professionals who are looking to better understand how young people can benefit from online technology. You can find more information here. The course is free to all, but registration is required.
We’re also working with PRYDE and New York State 4-H educators to develop more in-depth educational activities aimed at youth ages 10-13. Young people are often told how to keep themselves safe on social media, but they often don’t have a chance to practice these skills before they start using popular social media sites. This program pairs classroom instruction with interactive activities using an innovative social media simulation platform. In the coming months, these activities will help youth enrolled in 4-H programs across New York State improve their social media knowledge.
You can read more about TestDrive in the Cornell Chronicle: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/12/kids-test-drive-social-media-sites-minus-risks