I was unable to participate in this discussion when it was live, but was lucky enough to listen to it today. Very insightful conversation... we need to listen more to children and youth in order to find out how to make situations beneficial and positive for us all.
I wanted to make one comment with regards to the part of your discussion about kids walking and playing in neighborhoods on their own. I feel that this topic is directly related to childrens' technology use. Just as we, as adults, parents, and teachers, need to talk through what you need to do to be safe as well as the different consequences of not being 'safe' when you are in the neighborhood alone or away from parents we need to do the same thing now with technology. Most kids are on computers and using technology on their own today, which can aid in their learning but also be just as harmful or dangerous as being on the streets alone.
When thinking about kids on the streets alone, it seems just as dangerous to let kids travel and surf the internet without talking through the consequences of not being safe on the internet or even when watching TV. I love that Jane emphasizes communication with kids. I hope that more people hear the message! It is such a simple idea but can be so powerful and effective! Listen to your kids and students... hear their concerns, find out their motivations, and work with them to come up with positive and safe solutions!
Thanks for all of your work and for these incredible discussions!