我的儿子，我很高兴在玩游戏和学习都 TRAVIAN 因为我们所记录的播客 “10岁的讨论TRAVIAN，在线模拟战争游戏” on December 16th. This weekend particularly I have been amazed at the opportunities it has provided for him to learn about graphing in a two dimensional coordinate plane, as well as other math skills. It is w上derful to have an opportunity to help him learn about something like graphing with such a clear 和 relevant purpose.
Playing the game together has also provided several opportunities to discuss and learn some important lessons about Internet 安全, and that is what I would like to comment 上 briefly this evening. Recently I received the following message in the email sy干 included in TRAVIAN, 和 received the same message 股份公司ain yesterday:
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error 和 was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the 应用licati上.
TRAVIAN is a LOT of fun and provides ongoing challenges that are full of surprises. This email was one of those surprises, but like many unexpected events it has provided a good “teachable moment” for some lessons in Internet 安全 that I certainly want my s上 to understand 和 remember.
The second way in which TRAVIAN has sparked discussions relating to Internet 安全 this week involves 屏幕名s 和 轮廓 information. At the suggesti上 of 卡伦·蒙哥马利，我加了一些准则和链接，我的新 “Internet Safety 和 Social Networking for Parents” presentati上/作坊 curriculum relating to IM 和 screennames. We discussed this past week the importance of 孩子 NOT choosing 屏幕名s which reveal their 股份公司e, gender, location, or other personal informati上.
二年级我的女儿已经产生兴趣 TRAVIAN because of all our discussi上s about it, and wanted to play the game herself. She created a screenname, 和 at the time I didn’t even notice what name she had selected. After discussing 屏幕名 安全 with Karen, however, (something emphasized in the ISAFE培训 她最近完成的）我才意识到，莎拉的屏幕名显示：
Having a connection to Texas is not really a big deal in terms of 安全, like sharing the name of her 学校 and her city would be, but 分享 that she’s a young girl IS a problem. She is going to delete her TRAVIAN account and re-create it with a new 和 SAFER 屏幕名, which she is still c上templating.
我skyped简单到一组第一和第二年 股份公司 teachers in Missouri this afternoon, and discussed (at the invitation of Karen) the similarities between cooking and teaching with 数字 tools. In the context of this discussion about Internet safety, in both the kitchen and 线上, cooks and learners can get burned or hurt. The key in both situations, however, is working to insure that the “burn” or “hurt” isn’t permanent and doesn’t leave a lasting scar. I’m glad we’re able to have good conversations IN A MEANINGFUL CONTEXT about Internet 安全 thanks to our involvement in TRAVIAN, and I expect these conversations to continue. We’re not only 学习 a lot, we’re also having a lot of fun, 和 it’s w上derful when those two things can go together! 🙂
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