Great post here from Pippa Davies (@pippadavies & her personal blog), our Heritage Christian Learning Commons lead Cybrarian. I too saw The Fifth Estate’s program on CBC and knew I wanted to share and comment on it. Pippa, you beat me to it – so I’m just echoing your thoughts.
I did lead 3 chapels on the Amanda Todd tragedy last year. I remember it being a very sobering few weeks for our students and for our school. Again, this is why I feel led to echo and share what Pippa has written.
I trust you will enjoy her words as much as I did. Paul
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This past week I watched a very sad indictment of the “Sextortion of Amanda Todd” being aired on CBC The Fifth Estate, to commemorate the anniversary of Amanda’s death. I was horrified to hear how twelve and thirteen year old teens are sharing lewd images of themselves on group blogging and webcam sites. I was even more than horrified to see how online predators could take advantage of such students, and blackmail them into sharing more revealing images. This tragedy exemplifies some insidious dangers inherent with image sharing sites, such as SnapChat and Instagram, and with private chat rooms. Media literacy is not the topic on display, and images provoke more than just fear, or isolation, they can provoke students to suicide.
This brought to mind many ways as parents we need to be involved in our students’ “online time”?
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