“I have a right to free speech.”
“It’s only text; it’s not like it hurts anyone.”
“I have a right to my own opinion.”
These are conversations that teacher have with students at times. From their perspective, posting / publishing can be an almost anonymous task. After all, they’re just sitting in front of a keyboard, perhaps conversing with friends, perhaps conversing with someone somewhere else in the world. It’s the type of attitude that we’re dealing with as online bullying happens. Sadly, very few are ever “caught” and held as an example for any type of online abuse.
Or, the circumstance could be an online relief for a bad day at school or a confrontation with a teacher or problems with parents or …
In the online world, there are all kinds of examples set and very few norms that are generally agreed to. Common sense and good manners often are neglected because everyone’s doing it and it’s just online anyway. Hopefully, technology literate teachers are addressing online manners and digital citizenry but is it just something to endure like finding the answers to the odd numbered questions on page 37?
Where are the good examples of bad digital citizenship that might strike home?
When this article ran across my reading this morning, I just knew that I had to bookmark it and to share it with others.
I think that this is an article that anyone with a job can empathize with. There are less than perfect days. But, is taking out your opinions on social networking a good use for that media? The article would be a good media study, to be sure. Analyze the original message and empathize with those involved. Will a company tolerate an employee who bad mouths them? In this case, it’s a major corporation. How about the neighbour whose lawn you cut and get frustrated when you have to pick up all the kids’ toys before you start? Is it appropriate to complain in a public forum?
I would think this is a bookmark-able resource that would make a good launchpad to a productive classroom discussion. Don’t forget to see the public responses to the original post.