What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids can register for the Delicious social-bookmarking site using Facebook or Twitter; if they opt to instead create a username and password, they'll be prompted again to link their account to the social-networking sites after signing up. Kids also can follow total strangers on the site, but their interactions will be limited. Users can't email each other through the site or respond to comments users include with shared links. However, users can list a URL and a full name in their profiles, and because the site integrates easily with Facebook and Twitter, users could potentially connect through those sites.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- collecting data
- conveying messages effectively
- evaluating media messages
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
With the Internet as a reference base, there's plenty to read, and sharing items may pique teens' interest. But viewing endless link lists might not be exciting for long, especially if kids are also sharing things on Facebook and Twitter.
Teens can find out about virtually any topic, but the sites that show up aren't always stellar sources. Teens also won't get much guidance on using the information as a learning aid or enhancing their communication skills by sharing.
A blog offers some additional information on Delicious, and the site is offered in more than 50 languages. Users also can see a record of the sites they've bookmarked, but they won't find many extras to help extend learning.
What's it about?
The save-and-share bookmarking site DELICIOUS can help you organize links to videos, blogs, and other online items you'd like to keep on hand. You can search within the site, find links to external sites, and store the URL in only a few clicks. (Download a bookmarklet button, and you can save sites even faster.) Users also can link up to their Facebook and Twitter friends or make new ones on the site and find additional content through shared items from followed users.
Is it any good?
Delicious, formerly called del.icio.us, can help you organize website links you'd like to save. It's fairly easy to use and can help frequent readers categorize valuable reference materials with tags and notes for later use. The site's sharing capabilities also can help users find new content. It features some nice touches; for example, users can view the site in 50 languages. However, without more chances to interact and discuss with other users, users may opt only to use their browser's bookmarking feature and share articles with friends on Facebook or Twitter. Also, there's no way to safeguard kids from potentially finding questionable content; all they have to do is type in a term such as "sex," and they'll be directed to sites about porn, nudity, and other adults-only topics.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about online search engines and credibility. How can you tell if a website is a legitimate source of information?
If you find information on a website that isn't run by a reputed organization, educational institution, news outlet, or other verified source, how can you tell whether the information is someone’s opinion or fact?
You can include a photo, a bio, your full name, and a website URL in your Delicious profile, and you can link your account to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. What privacy and safety concerns are involved with doing that? How can you make sure your experience on the site is safe?