41 minutes per day...
41 minutes per day. That's how long the average Bebo user spends online on Bebo, sharing photos, video, news, what they're feeling, finding out what their pals are feeling...
That's nearly a quarter of the average 200 minutes time that kids spend online each day. Huge. And what does education do to try to harness the skills being learned in there? Hmmm.... "Could do better".
Well, we could just do it. The skills are there, the tech's there, all that's missing is the desire of those not in the know to learn. I've been trying to learn, for example, by just playing in there, creating my own bebo profile: http://ewanmcintosh.bebo.com
Rachael O'Connell, the Chief Safety Officer at , spent about 10 years as a forensic internet specialist, chasing the baddies of the net. Now, working for Bebo, there is a great interest in developing national internet safety policy with the Home Office, for example.
But Bebo are trying to get more organisations, including, with me, Learning and Teaching Scotland, to take on a role in developing the Beboism 'Be One' attitude (the site is very much in its infancy). This hasn't really been publicly announced - yet - but is a superb initiative I'm hoping we can develop further through our own online Bebo work.
Be Inspired: A place to show off your creative stuff
Be Well: A centre with organisations ready to offer emotional support, not just for online safety but for all things that make teens vulnerable. It's a holistic place.
Be Rich: Conversations about career paths, aspirations, thinking outside the box, making connections in the world of work and play.
(There's a fourth one, which I forget)
e-Citizenship and e-Democracy are both things we want our populations to engage with, but where do we start with young people? I think their patch, Bebo, is not a bad place at all...