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Social Media and Parenting

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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…it’s nice to meet you – face to face…

I am still glowing from a one-day Pro-D experience a few weeks ago.  It took my passion for technology enhanced, digi-infused, discipleship-based teaching to a whole new level.  Quoting the Blog of Dave Shortreed @Mr_Shortreed, one of the day’s presenters,

Two key questions helped guide my planning for this ProD:

1. What is the goal of Professional Development?
2. What are teachers expectations for ProD?

Two good questions indeed.  Imagine 250 people passionate about actively shaping the next generation of leaders…all encouraged to bring a mobile device to glean as much from the day as possible.  This was exciting: a paperless conference, a wiki, an active twitter back channel, and educators beginning and developing face-to-face relationships that will be enhanced and continued online.

I have been using Twitter as my digi-connection point for Pro-D and networking with teachers and administrators.  The past 11 months has been an up and down journey, but I now, 11 months later, feel like I have a handle on how to best leverage Twitter for my goals.  Once of its greatest strengths is its ability to allow people to stay in touch and to track and keep a handle on what others are in to – aka what they are tweeting.  One of my favourite things to do is to either meet face-to-face someone I actively follow on Twitter, or to start following someone I have just made a connection with in person.  Twitter is my Eduglean – it let’s me connect with and learn from those I choose.

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During this event, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people, or introducing two people who didn’t yet know each other but shared the same interests, or networking our staff with those from other schools.  This is one of the necessary bi-products of a one-day conference: there is no real-time to follow-up.  Email, Skype, Twitter, Blogs, and yes, the phone are all ways people could continue the connections made.

As I reflect, the most exciting aspect of my day were the number of conversations that finished with, TBC.  So, perhaps ‘finished’ is the wrong word…and so is ‘ended’.  Perhaps ‘paused’ is the best.  Many, many of my conversations ‘paused’ with To Be Continued…on Twitter, or on Skype, or on Email, until the next time we are together.  That is when we will give a live face-to-face update on what has been happening in the space between tweets, emails, and Skype calls.

As a quick shout out – these are the new people from this conference that I have met that I am excited to keep in contact with: Stuart Morris, Dean Weiss, Ryan Morrow, and Grant Wardle.