From Junk Faxes to Internet Literacy

From Junk Faxes to Internet Literacy

A class action, consumer-protection settlement is funding classes in New Jersey and New York that teach elementary school children about Internet literacy. The children’s classes were developed by Seton Hall University law professors. Legal fellows teach the children about limiting information they should put on the Internet and how that information can be used against them. The Washington Post has this story about the program, but it also points out how little children learn from schools and parents and the pitfalls of not being Internet literate. In an age when young children have their own phones and teachers are trying to utilize various Internet connected equipment to educate children for a connected future, little is discussed about its pitfalls. The story explains why it is important to teach children Internet literacy and the limitations of what can be taught.