What I am Reading—It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd Reply

Vicky Kelman

Vicky KelmanWell, it is complicated….but maybe not as much as we feared.

An addiction?

danah boyd (she prefers her name to be fully in lower-case letters) is optimistic about the value of social networking in the lives of teens. Her research tells her that teens are not addicted to their phones and computers (as we often assume they are) …they are addicted to their friends (as teens have always been). Devices are best seen as tools in support of that addiction.


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Adrian A. Durlester

Adrian DurlesterSorry for the hiatus between my last column and this one. As far as this school year goes, I have utterly failed at the charge I was given by the good folks at Torah Aura Productions to single out a single useful resource in each column. Some of that may just be due to my inability to be concise. However, some of it is philosophical, even if more at a subconscious level.


JedLAB: Why Kids Care More about Achievement Than Helping Others Reply

Peter Eckstein

Peter EcksteinA recent discussion in the cloud based JEDLAB community was in response to a posted article entitled: “Why Kids Care More about Achievement Than Helping Others”. The point of the article was that research indicates that while parents may want to raise empathetic children, the actual message they transmit is to be high achievers. The ensuing conversation focused on how we as Jewish educators can change this apparent trend.